11 Manchester schools are running This Girl Can sessions for mums! Funded by Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign, the sessions enable busy mums to get active, acknowledging that having children can make it harder to exercise.
Mums at the schools have chosen the activities they want, with most doing fitness/dance/Zumba. Most schools have chosen to have their sessions after morning drop-off and the schools have seen over 1000 participations!
The mums are loving the sessions – enabling them to fit being active around the other duties of being a mum! They now feel healthier and have met other local mums and made new friends. Mums’ feedback:
“Very good idea for busy mothers” (Parent - Green End Primary).
“Excellent opportunity for me as a mother” (Shazia – Cheetham).
On top of the health and fitness benefits, the schools have identified many other benefits, showing the value of the sessions in engaging parents in the school community:
“Girls are attending the after-school mum-and-daughter sessions, who have never attended after-school clubs before”. (Russ – teacher – St Agnes)
“We have previously struggled to engage some of these mums in any school activity, but they have been keen to take part in these sessions and are really enjoying them”. (Zoe - Parent Liaison Lead – Cheetham Primary School)
“School is becoming more open with the wider community and parents are speaking more freely to staff”. (Russ – teacher – St Agnes)
“A few of the families who come have found it a really social event and others now know each other who didn't before.” (Claire – PE teacher - Cross Lee).
At Cross Lee Primary School in Blackley, the mums gave a dance performance for their children. The children loved it (see screenshot)! Active mums play a key role in shaping how their daughters (& sons) view sport and physical activity – now and when they’re older.
Schools are now working with This Girl Can to discuss how to make the sessions sustainable and are also hoping to engage mums to help run and promote the sessions themselves.