Girls and women in London are on average 10% less likely than men to take part in sport and physical activity*. PRO-ACTIVE South London are dedicated to raising awareness of this inequality and are going someway to reduce it as well by organising the LOVE2 Festival for sport for women and girls.
The festival will take place over the Valentines period from the 12th February until the 18th February and will offer over 70 free activities for women. There is something for everyone. For those who have never played sport before this could be is the time to have a go, for those who want to try something a bit different, this is your opportunity and for those who used to be active but life has since got in the way, this is the chance to take some ‘me’ time and play again.
The activities on offer cater for all ages and abilities and range from Aerobics and Badminton through to Volleyball and Yoga.
Lianne Sanderson the Chelsea and England footballer has expressed her support for the LOVE2 festival. “It is important that women of all ages and abilities are given the chance to take part in sport and reach their potential. The LOVE2 week will provide the opportunities for women and girls to do just that. I am glad to be a part of it.”**
David Gentles, Partnership Manager from PRO-ACTIVE South London has said “the LOVE2 week will give women from across South London the opportunity to get involved in a sport or activity whether they are a complete beginner or an experienced campaigner, whatever their age, there is an activity that they can get involved in. We hope that many will fall in love with sport and continue taking part.”
Sue Tibballs, Chief Executive of the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation comments: “We know that more than 80% of women do too little physical activity to benefit their health, and 23% say that PE at school put them off sport for life. To help tackle these statistics WSFF welcomes any initiative which helps make sport and exercise more accessible, social and fun for women. We hope hundreds of women and girls make LOVE2 a hot date this Valentines”
For information on the free activities taking place during the LOVE2 festival visit www.love2takepart.com.
*Data taken from the Active People Survey 2006
**Lianne Sanderson is part of the Sporting Champions initiative, a programme which brings sporting stars face to face with young people
photos Janos Schmidt