Tuesday 10 March 2015

A Sheffield City Council member skated into action to encourage more local women and girls to get involved in sport and physical activity.

Councillor Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure, took part in an ice skating lesson at iceSheffield to show her support for This Girl Can.

This Girl Can is a national campaign developed by Sport England and a wide range of partnership organisations to get women and girls moving, regardless of shape, size and ability.

It is being supported locally by Sheffield City Trust, Sheffield City Council, Activity Sheffield and South Yorkshire Sport.

As part of the campaign, Cllr Bowler was guided through basic figure skating moves by top coach, Nancy Pattison, alongside a group of local people who are learning the sport.

Cllr Bowler said: “I really enjoyed the session, it was great fun. I skated as a teenager but I hadn’t done it for a few years so it felt great to get back out on the rink to help promote This Girl Can. The basic skills came back – just like riding a bike.

“It’s definitely motivated me to take up ice skating again and start regular lessons at iceSheffield and hopefully I can inspire more local women and girls to follow in my skating footsteps.”

Sheffield City Trust’s charitable objective is to improve the health and wellbeing of Sheffield people by providing facilities for sport and leisure activities.

Mandy Parker, general manager of iceSheffield, said: “Isobel did fantastically well on the ice, she was a natural. She showed that sport doesn’t always have to be about elite success, but everyday women enjoying exercise.

“We hope it inspires other women and girls to give it a go. Fear of judgement is stopping many females from taking part in sport exercise. But, as Isobel has proved by taking to the rink, it really doesn’t have to. No matter what your age or ability, it doesn’t have to be a barrier to exercise.”