London Tigers women came together for a morning of sporting experiences at Play On Sports Centre in Canary Wharf on Monday 5th March. The multi-sport festival combined awareness of International Women’s Day with the spirit of the Olympics by enabling women to sample Olympics sports in a safe female only space as part of the wider Us Girls Games festival. The women tried the Olympics sports of Athletics, Badminton, Cricket, Football, Table Tennis and Tennis as well as familiar favourites Dance, Dodgeball and Netball.
More than 50 women participated and special guests included Katie Cannon, five time British Gymnastics Champion, Cllr Rabina Khan, cabinet member and Cllr Lesley Pravitt, Olympics Ambassador.
Cllr Rabina Khan said: “With the greatest sporting event only a few months away, Tower Hamlets Council is keen to get as many people as possible taking up and accessing sports. The Women’s Sports Taster Festival was a fantastic way to not only celebrate International Women’s Day by showcasing the achievements of women in sports but it also introduced women to a range of sports they may not have thought about trying.”
“I enjoyed it very much,” said participant Khadija Begum of Bow. “This should run every month. I know lots of other ladies who will be interested once I tell them how fun it was.”
The Women’s Sports Festival was a partnership by London Tigers and Play On Sports and supported by Canary Wharf Group, LB Tower Hamlets, Us Girls and Health Trainers Tower Hamlets. Coaches were kindly provided by Badminton England, Dodgeball UK, England Athletics, England Netball, London FA, Middlesex Cricket and Tower Hamlets Tennis.
London Tigers works to provide health and fitness opportunities for women in disadvantaged communities to combat health inequalities promote healthier lifestyles and reduce isolation. London Tigers currently runs a range of aerobics and cricket sessions in Tower Hamlets for women, as well as activities for men and children.