HEXHAM’S MP is calling for local community groups, charities and sports clubs to take advantage of new funding aiming to encourage women to get active.

Sport England first launched the National Lottery-funded This Girl Can campaign in 2015 in response to fewer women than men being regularly active – despite 75 per cent saying they would like to do more.

The This Girl Can Community Fund is open for applications until February 25, and will be awarding grants of between £300 and £10,000 to 50 community groups and projects across England who are creating opportunities for women to get active or play sport.

Hexham’s MP Guy Opperman said: “I’m proud to support Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign to get more women and girls active. The record numbers of women playing sport show that This Girl Can has really struck a chord but clearly more needs to be done.  I am delighted that the new adverts are showing a variety of activities that can be enjoyed at any stage of life, regardless of age, ability or experience.

 “I’d encourage local groups and organisations – not just sports clubs, but any community groups who work with women and want to arrange activities or classes to get active – to apply for funding from Sport England and The National Lottery.” More details can be found on the This Girl Can website www.thisgirlcan.co.uk/communityfund/