WOMEN in Hampstead Norreys are being encouraged to throw off social stigma and get active on Saturday.
Thanks to a grant from Get Berkshire Active, the village will hold a This Girl Can festival for women of all ages.
This Girl Can is a national campaign developed by Sport England, which encourages women to exercise without fear of being judged on their appearance. The campaign was launched following research, which showed that fewer women than men played regular sport.
Women who live in the downland villages are invited to try new sports and have fun with other women at the same time.
Registration is at Hampstead Norreys Village Hall and the full timetable of activities is available at www.hampsteadnorreys.org.uk.
Organiser Natalie Roberts said: “Earlier this year a Hampstead Norreys Youth survey showed that fewer than 50 per cent of girls aged 12 to 15 were confident about their physical appearance.
“I wanted to do something to improve the girls’ confidence and applied to Get Berkshire Active for a grant to put on an event.”
The festival kicks-off at 9am with more than 25 free activities, including yoga, BalletBeFit, BuggyFit, street dance and country walks.
There will also be a festival party from 7.30pm until 11pm featuring live entertainment from female singers and musicians.
Free tickets are available from the Hampstead Norreys community shop. For more details, hnfreefest on Facebook or hnthisgirlcan on Instagram.