This Girl Can Welwyn Hatfield returns!

This Girl Can is back from 17 to 23 June 2019, and the call is out for local sports clubs and societies to sign up and be part of it!

Kayaking at Stanborough Park

Over 1,800 women and girls in Welwyn Hatfield took part in the sports and activities offered by local clubs in 2016's successful campaign, and amazingly, just under half were new participants. Lead organiser Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council is keen to get even more people involved this time.

The key aims of the This Girl Can campaign are to:


  • Enhance the range of female friendly activities and sessions
  • Increase the number of active partners running these activities
  • Increase the different types of sport and physical activity sessions on offer
  • Celebrate and showcase women and girls across Hertfordshire getting active.

The council is encouraging sports clubs in the borough to get involved by filling in the Activity Form on its website. This information will then be used to advertise a club's various female friendly activities during the week of the campaign. Please click here.

When This Girl Can launched in Welwyn Hatfield in 2016, female participants of all ages put their best trainer forward, engaging in 126 different sessions from 52 types of sports or physical activity - everything from dance to running, football to Pilates. There was even kayaking at Stanborough Park with former Olympian Lizzie Neave, with sessions titled 'This Girl Can Go Paddle'.

At the time, Lizzie, who was part of Team GB at London 2012, commented:

This Girl Can is a great initiative to encourage women to get active - no matter what their ability or fitness. It's great that the campaign provides opportunities for women to try different sports.

Milan Johnston, Sports Partnership Officer at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, says:

Our campaign to increase female participation in sport and exercise went brilliantly well back in 2016, and was also successful as part of the smaller campaign over the last couple of years.

We're really excited to be working in partnership again with other organisations, and I'm encouraging as many clubs as possible to join us and sign up through the activity form on our website. Together, we can still achieve so much for the people of the borough.