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Big Sister Project

Sheffield and Rotherham have been selected to pilot a new collaborative project, the ‚ÄėBig Sister‚Äô project, aimed at engaging girls into sport and exercise.

Big Sister, led by¬†Women in Sport, working with¬†Hey Girls, Places Foundation and not-for-profit leisure provider¬†Places Leisure, aims to break down the deep seated barriers that teenage girls face in leading healthy, happy and active lives by creating a supportive network of ‚ÄėBig Sisters‚Äô.

The programme will help girls aged 9-15 years old feel ‚Äėsport ready‚Äô by offering¬†free¬†girl-focused exercise sessions,¬†6-month gym memberships¬†(unlimited gym and swim) and access to the award-winning Places Locker fitness app. There will also be free reusable period products, resource packs and a range of digital resources to help girls feel confident enough to take part in sport. The project will also recruit a network of ‚Äėbig sisters‚Äô ‚Äď peer leaders and supporters from sport, school and community organisations whilst sport leaders will be trained on the emotional and physical barriers girls face.

Participating leisure centres are:


Rotherham’s teen gym classes run Monday through Friday from 16:15-17:15 and Saturday and Sunday 10:30-12:30.

The We Move instructor led classes are running on Thursdays from 16:00-16:30 for 9-12 year olds and 16:30-17:00 for 13-15 year olds. 

To find out more information and to sign up, scan the QR code on the attached leaflet or use the web address: www.placesleisure.org/big-sister-project.

Please note that a parent/Guardian must attend the sign up session to complete relevant paperwork.

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