A Southend cheerleader and her group of Fixers are stepping up their efforts to get more young women physically active by helping to organise a sports taster day.
Led by Rachel Blatch (26)* they hope the free event will inspire girls to continue to participate in sport when they leave school.
Those attending will be given the chance to try activities including cheerleading, gymnastics, dance, fitness classes and athletics.
‘The 16-25 age range is where we see the biggest drop-out rate when it comes to women giving up sport,’ says Rachel.
‘Once women do this it is harder for them to re-join which has a negative impact on their health and wellbeing.’
The event will take place on Saturday 18th January between 12:00 and 2:00pm.
It's being held at a new cheerleading, dance and gymnastics centre at 37 Shoebury Avenue, Southend, SS3 9BH.
The day complements a series of posters that the team created with the help of Fixers.
The images show women dressed for work taking part in sport. The aim is to get across the message that whatever your day job, you should still be able to make time for physical activity.
‘By holding this event I hope to help women get more active while making new friends,’ adds Rachel.
‘I want to show people that no matter what their lifestyle, or how busy they are, there’s a sport that’s right for them.
‘Taking the first step is the scariest but people in sports clubs will help and support you.
‘Just give it a try – everyone has to start somewhere!’
If you would like to find out more about the sports taster day contact Fixer’s Young Person’s Coordinator Ellie Kemp on 07436 265917 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*NOTE: Fixers sometimes go beyond the 16-25yr age bracket while working on their Fix.