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NFDC at the New Forest and Hampshire County Show: Proving that #ThisGirlCan

(L to R) Councillors Barry Rickman, Allan Glass and James Binns with local activity champions at the launch of #ThisGirlCan Local activity champions joined us to launch the This Girl Can New Forest initiative at our stand at the New Forest and Hampshire County Show on Tuesday 24 July.

The theme of the stand at this year's show is 'Community Matters', focusing on three different strands over the three days of the show. The launch event was part of Tuesday's focus on 'PEOPLE: Community support and development', highlighting the council's support for community groups, improving health and wellbeing, and arts activities in the New Forest.

This Girl Can is a national Sport England initiative which aims to encourage more women to be active. The New Forest has the biggest gap in activity levels between men and women in Hampshire (with men being among the most active in the county, women among the least). The New Forest scheme was launched with short speeches by Leader Councillor Barry Rickman and Councillor James Binns, cabinet member for Leisure and Wellbeing. Councillor Binns then took a turn on the free table tennis tables on the council stand, as part of the Ping New Forest table tennis project.

Local grass roots activity champions attending the launch were Chris Harris (Hardley Runners), Hilary Keene (New Milton walking netball), Philippa Headley (Lymington swimmer) and Lee Millard (Totton leisure centre member), along with NFDC Vice-Chairman Councillor Allan Glass.

Councillor Barry Rickman said:

"New Forest District Council sees assisting the wellbeing of our residents as a priority and it has been shown that being active can drastically improve a person's mental and physical health. We want to support local women to overcome the barriers and fear of judgement that might prevent them from joining in and being active, which is why we are supporting the This Girl Can campaign."

Visitors to the our stand on Tuesday were able to learn about what we are doing to encourage people to be more active and how and where to get involved in activities. Partnership work with local arts and cultural,  and environmental organisations was also showcased. In addition visitors could play table tennis, talk to our staff and ask questions, collect a limited edition Health and Leisure voucher, or relax at the picnic tables outside the stand.

The NFDC stand is located on stand 225 on block 24, opposite the Rathbones East Ring for the three days of the Show.

Published: 24 Jul 2018
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