Women and girls taking part in a dance session at a Women Like Us Festival

Following the success of the first event in 2018, women and girls in Colchester are invited to the sought-after second ‘Women Like Us’ festival, taking place on Saturday 22 June between 9:30am and 2.00pm at Colchester United Stadium.

From Bounce and Zumba, to Clubbercise and Yoga, there are taster sessions for all across a wide variety of activities whether you are looking for low, moderate or high intensity exercise. The aim is to encourage girls and women to either try something new or take their first steps to becoming more active in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

The event in Colchester is one of a series taking place around the county inspired by the national ‘This Girl Can’ Sport England campaign and is organised by Active Essex and local ‘This Girl Can’ ambassadors.

They will showcase some of the fantastic activities and sports available in the local community, such as Divacise and Tai Chi. Tickets are just £5 (which includes a free t-shirt) and, if a participant brings a friend, they receive a ticket for half price.

There are now well over 250 ‘This Girl Can Essex’ ambassadors across the county who inspire women in their local community to get active, meet new people and have fun. The ambassador programme is run by Active Essex, a County Partnership, with the aim to change one million lives by getting Essex active.

Hayley Chapman, Active Essex Relationship Manager for North Essex and thematic lead for Inclusion, said: “It’s great that Colchester will be hosting a second Women Like Us festival again this year.  We know that for many women, getting more active and trying something new can sometimes be daunting, so we’re excited to encourage women to join us in a friendly and supportive environment.

“The festival also happens to fall within June when the county is joining in the 3030 Essex challenge to get people to do 30 minutes of activity for the 30 days of June. So, the 22nd is a great opportunity to get your active 30 done and dusted for the day!”

Participants in the string of festivals across the Essex say that the events bring the community together and inspire females of all ages and ability to take part in physical activity and sport.

Festival-goers are encouraged to take part in as many taster activities sessions as they like.  Sessions will be on first come first serve basis, so locals are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible.

For more information and the event and to register your space for the event visit https://www.activeessex.org/women-like-us-festivals-2019/

Date: Saturday 22nd June

Venue: Colchester United Stadium, United Way, CO4 5UP

Time: 9:30am – 2:00pm

For more information about Active Essex and the This Girl Campaign, visit www.activeessex.org

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