All the sports events being held this week for This Girl Can

Try out most of the sports UCL has to offer in This Girl Can taster sessions being held this week

Feeling like you want to try out a sport but don’t want to pay the membership to then never turn up again? The Students Union at UCL is holding sports events all this week for “This Girl Can”. It’s a national campaign funded by the National Lottery whose main goal is to celebrate women being active.

UCL’s “This Girl Can” week is running from Monday, January 24th to Sunday 30th January. All sessions are beginner and women-friendly. Check out some of the events being held that you can get involved in.


On Monday, you can head down to the Bloomsbury Theatre Building for Hatha Yoga Flow. Hatha Flow is the branch of yoga that concentrates on physical health and mental well-being. Hatha yoga uses bodily postures, breathing techniques, and meditation with the goal of bringing about a sound, healthy body and a clear, peaceful mind.  Held from 12.00 to 13.00, tickets are £3 for a beginner-friendly session.

More information can be found here.

Via Hannah Legg at


UCLWHC and RUMS Hockey are both holding taster sessions on Monday. UCLWHC is holding a fun sports day where you can compete in games like tug of war and egg and spoon race, and RUMS Hockey is holding a beginner taster training session. Both sessions are running from 18.00 to 20.00

More information on UCLWHC can be found here.

More information on RUMS Hockey can be found here.

Via UCL Women’s Hockey on Instagram @uclwh


Fancy being Spiderman for a couple of hours? Parkour is offering a taster session with their professional coaches in Archway. On Wednesday at 2.50pm, try it out for free.

More information can be found here.

Via UCL Parkour on Instagram @uclparkour

Active Dynamic Pilates

Want to work on your flexibility so you can do that half-drunk split at Scala successfully next time? Active dynamic pilates is a faster-paced version of pilates, involving lower-impact flexibility training with an emphasis on muscle training and endurance. If it sounds like your cup of tea, sign up for a class in the Bloomsbury Theatre Building at 9am on Wednesday for £3!

More information can be found here.

Lacrosse and Football

Want the best of both worlds? Join Women’s Football and the Lacrosse Club for a light-hearted session in Regent’s Park! All equipment will be provided, so just show up in your comfiest sports clothes, and studded boots if you have them. The best part? It’s free!

More information can be found here.

Via UCL Women’s Football Club @uclwfc on Instagram


The scariest part about starting to lift weights is the crippling fear that you’ll do it wrong and injure yourself. However, this session has got you covered. Led by women instructors, you’ll be guided through powerlifting and weightlifting, learning how to lift safely. The workshop takes place on Wednesday from 5pm, and is entirely free.

More information can be found here.


Okay… suppose we told you that you could shake your booty for an entire fitness class. This class combines fitness with twerk moves and leaves you feeling empowered. The class runs at 2pm on Thursday, and costs only £3.

More information can be found here.

Via @twerkfitsg on Instagram

Social Dodgeball

No, it won’t be like a secondary school gym class, we promise. Taking place at Somerstown Community Sports Centre, you’ll learn the 5 D’s of dodgeball, and play in a safe, inclusive environment! This class is free and takes place at 5pm on Friday.

More information can be found here.

Via UCL Dodgeball Society at @ucldodgeball on Instagram


This one’s another blast from the past – ever imagined yourself as a cheerleader? Learn how strong you are in this class as instructors guide you through stunts and choreography. This class takes place on Saturday from 4pm and is free.

More information can be found here.

Image via @ucllightning on Instagram

Girls Night In

To wrap up this wonderful week, join the Girls Night In as women take over Bloomsbury Fitness from 7pm. Barre and Zumba classes are offered, as well as use of all equipment and gym amenities, supervised by women instructors for some top tips. The first 30 signups get a free goodie bag!

More information can be found here.

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