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THIS GIRL CAN: Netballing mum from Chorleywood stars in national campaign 

 Published on: 20th January 2020   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Chorleywood mum featuring in a national campaign for female fitness said she’s thrilled with the positive response it’s had so far.

Kirsti Bailey, who lives near Christ Church, in The Common with her three children, is featured in a new video and in posters for Sport England’s This Girl Can nationwide campaign to get women and girls moving, regardless of circumstances, shape, size and ability.

The campaign video, first shared on January 14, aims to show the gritty, unfiltered side of females participating in sport. Kirsti, who has a six-year-old, four-year-old and a 10-month-old baby, is shown balancing homelife with her netball matches.

In real life, she stays fit by taking part in Three Rivers’ Back to Netball sessions in the William Penn Leisure Centre, and her part in the campaign video was filmed at St Clement Danes School last year.

Kirsti said: “This campaign is so important because it aims to get women from all walks of life active and healthy. 

“I signed up to be a part of it because I really relate to its message. As a mum, who was very recently pregnant, I had to give up netball and stop doing any meaningful exercise for quite a while and then it’s very difficult to pick it up again.

“Luckily, I found Back to Netball, where there are women of all shapes and sizes, ages and abilities playing together. And that’s what this campaign is all about; finding a form of exercise that’s fun for you and which is appealing to you.”

Kirsti, who agreed to be in the campaign after seeing a local advertisement on Facebook, also said she was shocked by how prominent the video was – it was a topic of discussion on Channel 5 News on the day of its release and Kirsti is making an appearance on The One Show tonight (Monday, January 20) at 7pm.

She added: “I didn’t have a scooby how big this would be; I didn’t know it would be on TV and on billboards or anything like that. The responses I’ve seen so far have been incredible – so supportive and positive.”

To see the video, go to thisgirlcan.co.uk/meet-the-girls/

Photo courtesy of Sport England

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