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Girls go for gold in sports week

9Over 500 women and girls tried out new sports and acitvities as part of International Women and Girls’ Week, organised by Tower Hamlets Council.
Sports taster sessions and other fitness activities took place across the borough’s sporting venues.
Activities on offer included hula-hooping, aerobics, zumba, core stability, Boxfit, badminton, basketball and swimming. Participants could also enrol in the Sports Relief Challenge to raise money for a good cause. Away from the pitches, photo exhibitions, advice stalls, creative workshops and beauty sessions were also on offer.
The aims of International Women and Girls’ Week were to promote women’s sport in the borough and support the development of more women’s sporting sessions.
It also made people aware of sport and leisure venues and activities on offer, and involved building partnerships between sports clubs, community groups and the council.
The week ended with a huge basketball tournament on Saturday 12 March at Mile End Park, where five teams battled it out. Winning team Eight Gold clinched a narrow victory of 11-7, ending a week of fitness and fun.
Events were organised by the council’s sports development team in partnership with community groups and not for profit sport foundation GLL Better.
Rajna Chowdhury, who attended a session at Whitechapel Leisure Centre, said the event was a “magnificent opportunity for women who would not have had the chance to take part in activities.”
Another participant who attended York Hall, Rosemarie, added that the week was “overall a very enlightening experience and I would love to attend any future events.”