Yoga was one of the activities on offer at the Uttlesford Women Like Us festival.

Women and girls enjoyed a fitness-filled day at the first-ever ‘Women Like Us Festival’ in Uttlesford.

From Zumba and aqua aerobics to yoga and netball, the free festival offered taster sessions for a range of activities and sports with the aim of encouraging women and girls to try out something new or take their first steps to becoming more active in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

The festival took place at Lord Butler Fitness and Leisure Centre and was organised by Active Uttlesford to showcase the variety of fantastic sports available in the local community.

The event featured activity sessions run by a range of local organisations, including Legs, Bums and Tums and Zumba. There was also a wellness area where there was a chance to speak to people from the Inclusion Club who are committed to the inclusion of people with disability in all aspects of sport and active recreation.

Marina Fraser from Uttlesford commented on the event: “I came along today because my friend suggested it might be a good thing to do, so we’ve come along as a group of friends. These sorts of festivals are targeted at people like me, who aren’t regular gym goers, but it helps persuade you to get out and do something!”

The Women Like Us Festival supports the national This Girl Can campaign. There are now over 170 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 is part of their ambition to change 1 million lives by getting Essex active.

Kelly Harman, Active Essex Relationship Manager for West Essex, said: “It was great to see so many women participate at the festival and there was a real vibe and sense of community about the event. The latest This Girl Can campaign reflects how hard it can be to fit in physical activity in your busy day. The taster sessions highlighted how you can get a lot out of a short time and keep it real.”

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