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Women and girls in Southend are being invited to attend the second This Girl Can Essex festival being held on Saturday 13th October between 11am and 1pm at Hamstel Junior School, Hamstel Road.

From hula hooping and clubbercise to zumba and yoga, the free festival will be a fun way to try out a range of sports and activities with the aim of encouraging girls and women to either try something new or take their first steps to becoming more active in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

The festival in Southend, one of a series taking place around the county has been organised by This Girl Can Essex ambassadors who will showcase some of the fantastic sports available in the local community, as well as delivering health and wellbeing workshops on coping with stress and women’s health.

Other taster sessions will include boxercise, Body Blitz and Pounds. There will also be sport and leisure market stalls and the opportunity to get a free health check.

There are now over 350 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, the county sport partnership, and it is part of their ambition to change 1 million lives by getting Essex active.

Sarah Potts, a This Girl Can Essex Ambassador from Southend, said: “We are really excited to be supporting this festival and help celebrate Women’s Fitness and Health. We know that for many women, trying to get active can be really hard and we want to show them what is available on their doorstep and what a friendly and supportive community we are. We encourage as many of you to come along and bring a friend too”.

Participants are encouraged to partake in as many taster activities sessions as they like.

Sessions will be on first come first serve policy so locals are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible.

For more information and to register your space for the event visit

For more information about Active Essex and the This Girl Campaign, visit