Huddersfield New College has announced that it has been recognised as an official supporter of the ‘This Girl Can’ campaign. The campaign aims to encourage women to enjoy the benefits of physical activity, and overcome any fear of judgement that may stop them from getting active.
HNC is renowned for the sporting talent of its female students, and recently its Women’s Football were National Cup Champions and the Netball Team were crowned Regional Champions. A number of female students are at the top of their sporting game, such as Katy Tordoff who plays Rugby for the Castleford Tigers and recent graduate Hannah Boden who is the Girls Under 21 Racketlon World Champion. However, the College encourages all students to enjoy the physical and mental benefits of regular activity. As a ‘This Girl Can’ supporter, HNC will continue to help students to stay happy and healthy whilst at College. Regardless of their study programme students can opt for free health and well being activities including using the use of the Fitness Suite and clubs such as yoga, table tennis and badminton. Students can also sign up for sport teams.
An exciting development for 2018 is the creation of Equality and Diversity Sports Student Champions who will lead on encouraging more female students to get involved in activity at College, and develop new activities in response to student feedback. Linked to this, the College is supporting the ‘Kick it Out’ campaign which aims to tackle all forms of discrimination in football. As part of this the College will also be recruiting a Student Equality and Diversity Kick it Out Champion.
Erika Montgomery, Equality and Diversity Manager says: ‘As the number one organisation in the UK for our approach for Equality and Diversity, we work hard to ensure that each and every student feels part of the same community in which their own uniqueness is valued and also that any form of inequality or discrimination is eliminated. The fantastic successes of our female teams demonstrate how we support them to excel, but also how more widely we passionately support the This Girl Can’s campaign to make sure no female feels judged or embarrassed when taking part in physical activity. We’re delighted to have been recognised as an official supporter of the campaign, and look forward to seeing our students enjoy the many benefits that physical activity can bring.”