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What is it?

The hardest part about getting back into sport and exercise is often the first step, getting up off the sofa and starting to move. If you haven’t done any form of exercise or sporting activity since you were at school or college it can be daunting but there is no better time to start again than right now!
There are a whole range of sporting activities to choose from in and around Leeds to suit all abilities and ages.

It sounds easy but you can start being more active by simply spending less time sat down and trying to fit more movement into your life. This could be joining a local walking group or trying a yoga class. Doing any form of sport or exercise gives you the chance to get away from the everyday stresses. The first step is getting out and about. This Girl Can Move!

Why should I move?

Taking part in exercise and sport has a huge number of physical and mental benefits such as increasing your confidence and self-esteem, reducing stress levels and increasing energy levels. This Girl Can Move is here to help you find an activity or class so that you can take part in gentle to moderate exercise and get moving!

Everyone benefits from being more active. Whatever your age and level of fitness. You can start slowly and build up the amount of activity you do.

Walking

Walking is a great way to start moving. From swapping a short car journey for a brisk walk or walking up the stairs at work instead of taking the lift, walking is one of the easiest forms of exercise. You can easily add walking into your normal daily routine.

Just thirty minutes of walking a day has a range of health benefits, from helping to keep your heart healthy to strengthening your muscles and increasing fitness levels. You can walk anywhere and everywhere. Walking is a sociable activity, call up your friends and catch up while stretching your legs. Or have a stroll during your lunch break and get some fresh air at the same time. There are different types of walking including Rambling and Nordic Walking.

We might be biased but Leeds is a beautiful place. Get out and about and take in the scenery on your doorstep. If you want to head further afield the Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors are within easy travelling distance if you fancy a longer walk.

There are a number of walking groups in Leeds who plan safe, fun walking routes to suit all levels of fitness and pace. Including the Leeds Walking Group, Take a Hike and the Leeds Ramblers.

Sailing

Sailing is a great way to try a new sport, something a bit different. Sailing gives you the opportunity to get outside and close to nature. You can experience the freedom of being out on the water and the independence of being in charge of your own boat.

If you are the competitive type there are race days where you can compete on the water against other sailors. You don’t need any prior knowledge or experience to try your hand at sailing.

You might think that there is nowhere to give sailing a go around Leeds, but there are actually a number of sailing clubs including the Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre who run women only sessions, these are suitable for complete beginners or if you have had pervious sailing experience.

As well as sailing you can try a variety of water sports and taster sessions including canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing and rowing. Yeadon Sailing Club and Otley Sailing Club are also within easy travelling distance to Leeds.

Yoga

Yoga is a discipline which includes controlling your breathing while doing specific body postures and simple meditation. It is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on flexibility and breathing. Yoga first originated as a spiritual discipline around 5,000 years ago and has since been adapted into a variety of different forms of yoga.

It is widely practised for relaxation and the health benefits which include increased flexibility, balance and improved core strength. Yoga is often recommended for people with high blood pressure and aches and pains such as lower back pain as a beneficial form of gentle exercise. You don’t need to have tried yoga before to give it a go. Don’t worry if you think you aren’t flexible enough, your levels of flexibility will improve the more you practice, you don’t have to be flexible before you start!

There are lots of different types and styles of yoga so it is worth trying more than one type to see which suits you best. Speak to a local yoga teacher they will be able to advise you which class to try.

All yoga styles are designed to create a feeling of lightness, ease and relaxation, making it the perfect activity to try after a stressful day.

Wheelchair Racing

Wheelchair racing is the racing of wheelchairs in track and road races and is open to athletes with any qualifying type of disability- amputees, spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy and partially sighted (when combined with another disability). Athletes are classified in accordance with the nature and severity of their disability or combinations of disabilities.

Like running, it can take place on a track or as a road race. The main competitions take place at the Summer Paralympics which wheelchair racing and athletics has been a part of since 1960. Competitors compete in specialized wheelchairs which allow the athletes to reach speeds of 30 km/h or more. It is one of the most prominent forms of Paralympic athletics.

Become an ambassador

We want you to help us persuade more women and girls to get active, whatever their age, size, background or ability.

What is an Ambassador?
A Leeds Girls Can Ambassador: Goes through an appropriate recruitment process and signs up to Leeds City Council and Sport England’s policies and procedures. The main aim of an Ambassador is to get more women and girls in Leeds physically active. Ambassadors are required to attend monthly meetings which are vital for receiving guidance and insight around This Girl Can, this helps support their role. An Ambassador is not paid for their time, they are not required to lead a group and the roles can vary.

For further information on becoming an ambassador or any of our other roles contact Dani Penney

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Get Involved

Do you have an event, club or sport you would like to see here? Please get in touch.

Leeds Girls Can, here:

  • LLGA Bumps and Babes - Women and babies only
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    Middleton Park
    Leeds, LS10 4HX United Kingdom
    Starts: October 24 @ 11:30 am
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  • Pilates Classes
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    The Hive, Woodkirk Valley Country Club WF12 7JL United Kingdom
    Starts: October 24 @ 7:15 pm
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  • Leeds Girls Can - Women Only Walking Group
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    Middleton Park
    Leeds, LS10 4HX United Kingdom
    Starts: October 25 @ 9:30 am
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  • Hatha Yoga
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    The Yoga Space, 378 Meanwood Road
    Leeds, LS7 2JF United Kingdom
    Starts: October 25 @ 10:00 am
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Potternewton Park Excercise Club
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    Potternewton Park, Harehills Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS7
    Leeds, Ls7 United Kingdom
    Starts: October 25 @ 5:30 pm
    5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Pilates
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    Kippax Leisure Centre, Station Road
    Leeds, LS25 7LQ United Kingdom
    Starts: October 26 @ 11:45 am
    11:45 am - 1:15 pm
  • Yoga (Hatha)
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    John Charles Centre for Sport, Middleton Grove
    Leeds, LS11 5DJ
    Starts: October 26 @ 12:30 pm
    12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
  • Pilates
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    Tithe House, First Floor, 35 Town Street, Horsforth
    Leeds, LS18 5LJ United Kingdom
    Starts: October 26 @ 4:15 pm
    4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
  • Aerial Hoop
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    Level Up Academy, Unit 4 Lockwood Ct
    Leeds, LS11 5TY United Kingdom
    Starts: October 26 @ 5:30 pm
    5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Pilates
    5:30 pm
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    Tithe House, First Floor, 35 Town Street, Horsforth
    Leeds, LS18 5LJ United Kingdom
    Starts: October 26 @ 5:30 pm
    5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Yoga (Vinyasa)
    6:20 pm
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    Garforth Leisure Centre, Ninelands Lane, Garforth LS25 1NX
    Starts: October 26 @ 6:20 pm
    6:20 pm - 7:20 pm
  • Wheelchair Racing
    7:00 pm
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    John Charles Centre for Sport, Middleton Grove
    Leeds, LS11 5DJ
    Starts: October 26 @ 7:00 pm
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Yoga & Yamuna Body Rolling
    9:45 am
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    The Yoga Space, 378 Meanwood Road
    Leeds, LS7 2JF United Kingdom
    Starts: October 27 @ 9:45 am
    9:45 am - 11:00 am
  • Women on Water (Booking required)
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    Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre, Cemetery Road
    Leeds, LS19 7UR United Kingdom
    Starts: October 27 @ 11:00 am
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Windsurfing Women (Booking required)
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    Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre, Cemetery Road
    Leeds, LS19 7UR United Kingdom
    Starts: October 27 @ 1:00 pm
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Different Strokes
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    Carr Crofts
    Leeds, West Yorkshire LS123HB United Kingdom
    Starts: October 27 @ 2:00 pm
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Long Distance Walkers Association
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  • Potternewton Park Excercise Club
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    Potternewton Park, Harehills Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS7
    Leeds, Ls7 United Kingdom
    Starts: October 28 @ 10:00 am
    10:00 am - 11:30 am
  • Hatha Yoga
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    Bramley Baths, Broad Lane, Bramley
    Leeds, LS13 3PS United Kingdom
    Starts: October 29 @ 8:30 am
    8:30 am - 9:30 am
  • Beginners Aerial Hoop
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    Level Up Academy, Unit 4 Lockwood Ct
    Leeds, LS11 5TY United Kingdom
    Starts: October 29 @ 4:30 pm
    4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  • LLGA Women's Fitness Session
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    Little London Community Centre, Oatland Lane, Little London
    Leeds, LS7 1SP United Kingdom
    Starts: October 30 @ 11:00 am
    11:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Hatha Yoga
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    The Yoga Space, 378 Meanwood Road
    Leeds, LS7 2JF United Kingdom
    Starts: October 30 @ 5:45 pm
    5:45 pm - 6:45 pm
  • Leeds Climbing Wall
    Leeds Climbing Wall, 100a Gelderd Road
    Leeds, LS12 6BY United Kingdom
  • Bridge End Quarry
    Bridge End Quarry, Otley
    Leeds, LS21 2SU United Kingdom
  • Yeadon Sailing Club
    Yeadon Sailing Club, Tarnfield Park, High Street, Yeadon
    Leeds, LS19 7TA United Kingdom
  • The Yoga Space
    The Yoga Space, 378 Meanwood Road
    Leeds, LS7 2JF United Kingdom
  • The Climbing Depot
    The Climbing Depot, 173 Richardshaw Lane, Pudsey
    Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Hunslet Methodist Church
    Hunslet Methodist Church
    Leeds, United Kingdom
  • St Mary’s in the Wood Church
    St Mary's in the Wood Church, Commercial Street
    Leeds, LS27 8HY United Kingdom
  • The Hive
    The Hive, Woodkirk Valley Country Club WF12 7JL United Kingdom
  • The Pit Leeds
    9 Merrion Street
    Leeds, LS1 6PQ United Kingdom