This Girl Can

This Girl Can is a campaign developed by Sport England that promotes and celebrates female participation in physical activity. Find out more about we're doing over the next week.

This Girl Can is a campaign developed by Sport England that promotes and celebrates female participation in physical activity. This spotlight on women’s involvement in sport is to hopefully inspire women to get involved by trying a different or new sport or even just to take an interest in an environment that can be quite male dominated at times. The campaign is to champion sport as a space for everyone, one that we want as many people that identify as women to be involved in at university and beyond! The QMSU Sport department will be running online classes, club led events, releasing case studies and hosting an online 'Inspirational Women in Sport' talk with 5 guest speakers!

Class sessions


On of our Qmotion instructors Bianca will be running an online vinyasa yoga class. Yoga is an amazing way to spend time relaxing, destressing and moving your body in a way that feels good for you promoting flexibility and strength! This session is only for those who identify as women. All abilities welcome.

Wednesday 25th November from 17:30 - 18:30pm

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Club led sessions

We are excited to have some of our clubs running online sessions for you all during This Girl Can week!

Online fitness class with BL Women’s hockey
Monday 23rd, 6-7pm
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Beginners Hip Hop online class with QM Dance
Wednesday 25th, 1-2pm
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Online dance fitness class with BL Netball and BL Dance
Thursday 26th, 6-7pm
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Introduction to cheerleading taster session
Friday 27th, 6-7pm
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These will be sessions only for those who identify as women. All abilities welcome!

We will look to facilitate in person club sessions in semester 2 when guidelines allow but this is a great opportunity to try something new even if just as a one off, meet new people and potentially get involved in a new sport.


This Girl Can - Inspirational Women in Sport talk

Thursday 26th, 7pm-8:30pm.

As part of our This Girl Can week we will be hosting an online talk with 5 speakers to talk about their journey and experiences as women in sport. The purpose of this talk is to highlight the different opportunities, struggles and triumphs that women can face, tackle and achieve throughout their involvement in sport. We want to inspire and empower other women to take action, to get involved and to flourish in the modern sporting landscape and we look forward to welcoming you all to join us as we hear our speaker's stories.

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Our speakers
Gemma Grainger

As the current England Women Youth Head Coach who has gained her FA Pro License Gemma will speaking about the barriers women face engaging in sport as well as the career but also physical and mental health benefits sport has given her.

Vanessa Wallace

As a British Paralympic athlete Vanessa competes in shot put and javelin events and has won gold and bronze medals at World and European Championships. Vanessa will be covering the visibility of parasports, addressing race and disability in sport and the power of saying "yes"

Hannah Beecham

As the founder of RED January and a strong advocate for the benefits of exercise for mental health Hannah will be speaking about her journey in sport creating such a wide reaching impactful initiative and using sport as a driver for social change.

Emily Goodchild

Winning multiple titles for fencing nationally and internationally ranked as 7th in GB, Emily is training for the olympic qualifiers whilst also working as a doctor and studying for her PhD at Queen Mary. She will be speaking to us about coming to sport as an adult, and the impact of ageism in elite sport.

Hannah Gaffey

During her time at Queen Mary Hannah raised thousands for charities whilst also studying and being part of a sports club. She will be highlighting the skills she gained from her charity work but also the importance of female empowerment in sport and what being part of a sporting community at university meant to her.


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