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- 06 December 2015 00:00
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A Cambridge college has launched a new club to help more girls take up sport – the Secretly Sporty Girls Club.
The initiative, the brainchild of Cambridge Regional College sports co-ordinator and former ski champion Sarah Allen, was set up after she chatted to students who felt they were too self-conscious to take part in the college’s regular sporting activities.
"The girls had obviously enjoyed sport at school but felt under confident about joining in sports activities at college. I told them they were secretly sporty and arranged some fun sessions for them – and suddenly we had a club with a great name,” said Sarah.
Boys are banned from the sports hall when the club meets and there is a different sport to have a go at each week, from mini tennis to street golf.
"It’s only been going for a couple of weeks and the numbers are small – just a dozen or so – but each week there are more and the girls often bring their friends along to have a look,” said Sarah
"A key part of my job is to encourage more girls to get involved in sport. We already run popular yoga and netball sessions for girls at CRC – alongside a full programme of mixed sports activities - and are planning to increase those as well as grow the Secretly Sporty Girls Club.
"There is a big gap between the number of teenage girls and boys taking part in sport and we want to try to reduce that and provide as many opportunities as possible for all our students to be active.”
Student Emma Gilbey, 17, who studies Childcare, said she was enjoying being part of the Secretly Sporty club.
"I thought I was rubbish at sport before joining the club but I am better than I thought -and I do quite enjoy it,” she said.