Kingston College is thrilled to be part of the Sport England backed ‘Us Girls’ physical activity initiative. The ‘Us Girls’ programme acquired £2.3 million of National Lottery investment from Sport England in order to help tackle the gender gap in sport and physical activity by providing fitness and sport opportunities for females aged 16-25.
Kingston College wants to inspire through physical activity the female students throughout the College Campuses and help the girls make healthier lifestyle changes that will be positive to their overall well-being.
Deputy Head of Commercial Services, Jade Easton, has recently undertaken research for Sport England’s National ‘This Girl Can’ campaign that showed that 16-19 year old females are generally dropping out of sport/ physical activity at school due to peer pressure, worrying about how they are judged when they take part in physical activity and the fear of being judged by others due to the images of the ‘ideal body shape’ being used in mainstream media.
Jade said: “Here at Kingston College we want to give the girls back the confidence to take part in physical activity and this initiative has enabled us to support over 60 girls already this year.”
Within Kingston College the project provides different activities such as: Zumba, Box Fitness, Barre, Circuit Training and many more in order to introduce females to activities that they may not have tried before. The classes are fun, informal and free to attend and take place during lunch time as well as after college in order to be accessible to all. Attendance so far has been fantastic with classes averaging 12-20 members per session!
Another great success through the project has been the free gym memberships offered to the girls. So far since January 2016 around 60 girls have signed up to the scheme in which they must attend the gym at least once a week in order to maintain their free membership. Regular attendees of classes and the gym are rewarded with ‘treat trips’ which have previously been AirHop, horse riding and climbing, with more to come in the future.