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#KeepHerPlaying, helping girls build confidence through sport

Our latest project with Always is a little different, we want you to take to social media to inspire the next generation of girls to keep playing sport, and by doing so, you can be in with a chance of winning one of 28x £250 Decathlon vouchers!

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Sport isn’t all about the celebrations and victories. In fact, being involved in sports from a young age has long term benefits that help build confidence, as well as improve communications skills, self-esteem and perseverance.

Research carried out by Always* shows that when puberty starts, 1 in 3 girls drop out of playing sport, with 28% believing they’re not good enough and 25% feeling they’re not encouraged.

But together, we can keep girls playing

This is why Always is continuing its commitment to help build girls’ confidence by rallying society to #KeepHerPlaying.

Para-athlete long jumper, Stef Reid has teamed up with Always to inspire the next generation of girls to keep playing sport.

“Through (sport), I learnt the value of hard work, I learnt how to deal with failure, and I learnt to be resilient. It also helped me build confidence to explore so many things outside of my sporting career, that I might not have considered before.”

And, that’s the sort of thing we don’t want a whole generation of young women to miss out on!

Our mission continues: Join us and help us support girls stay in sport!

This summer, along with Sported, the UK’s largest network of community sports groups, Always are continuing their mission to keep girls involved in sport, and you can join in (and be in with a chance to win a £250 Decathlon voucher in the process).

1 pack = 1 donation

With every pack of Always Ultra, Always Platinum or Tampax Compak Pearl purchased during the campaign period, Always will donate to Sported to keep girls and young women playing sport.**

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Do you want to do more?

Be an inspirational voice and share your #KeepHerPlaying story on Instagram. Watch out for our newsletter or check out the 2nd blogpost already live on the blog to find out how you can win one of the 28 x £250 Decathlon vouchers that will help you stay in sport as well!

By joining forces, we can give girls the sporting encouragement that previous generations might have missed.

@all: What did you learn from playing sports when you were younger?

*Always commissioned a nationally representative survey, run by OnePoll amongst 1000 UK girls & 1000 UK adults in December 2020
**Subject to T&Cs.

140 Comments

magdaambroszkiewicz • 2 months ago

Since I remember I was an active child. At primary school I was in school representation of Volleyball team. I was playing all sorts of sports. It all changed in secondary school. The girls were girly, none of them wanted to play sports. More likely, trying to avoid it.You know how the girls are, make up, boys, god forbid you ll get swetty! Just until five years ago, I ve started to be active again. I was overweight, wasn't feeling good with myself. And there is my son. I wanted to live healthy life to live longer for him.
I ve started from cardio, then HITT and later on weights.I am pretty proud of myself. I am very active, I do my workouts, added running. BlNever have I ever thought I ll be the running type! You know what is the best part? I am showing my son that with hard work you can achieve everything! I sweat a lot, I show it on my social media. Do you know why? Coz you can sweat when you a girl. Its a normal thing. We all sweat! My message for all the girl out there. Keep using sport as your outlet! Keep pushing yourselves. Do not just sit down and think how others will perceived you. You might find out you are an inspiration for someone you know.

Ariella • 2 months ago

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Noreen20 • 2 months ago

AI was in my schools basketball team and badminton team I used to love both sports I was such a shy and quite kid so sports really helped boost my confidence as I thinks sometimes you really have to help yourself as your the only one who can really help yourself to put the will power courage and effort to do or achieve something that you want I felt way better when playing sports I wish every girl gets the support they deserve and gets the opportunity to do what they like as it’s hard for some . I think as a parent we should always encourage our children into sports as it will keep them fit and healthy alongside they will enjoy and also participate in activities together that will help them a lot better when they see their parents playing too.

Noreen20 • 2 months ago

I was in my schools basketball team and badminton team I used to love both sports I was such a shy and quite kid so sports really helped boost my confidence as I thinks sometimes you really have to help yourself as your the only one who can really help yourself to put the will power courage and effort to do or achieve something that you want I felt way better when playing sports I wish every girl gets the support they deserve and gets the opportunity to do what they like as it’s hard for some . I think as a parent we should always encourage our children into sports as it will keep them fit and healthy alongside they will enjoy and also participate in activities together that will help them a lot better when they see their parents playing too.

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MareikeL • 2 months ago

I was always in the shadow of my brother playing sports when I was young until my dad bought us all cross country skis. Finally I had found something I really enjoyed. I just loved going for miles and miles taking in the views, enjoying the countryside and having small victories going uphill to get back to our chalet.
As soon as my kids were old enough they had ski lessons but Alpine instead of cross country. A couple of years in they persuaded me to change to alpine skiing too and I have t looked back. So nice to catch up with my now teenage kids it's turned into a family sports with my girls and son.

Ariella • 2 months ago

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MareikeL • 2 months ago

I love to see my girls pick up a sport and enjoy themselves. It's not always about competing but enjoying to be active. Wether it's cycling, swimming, skiing sport can be so much more than a competition

rmahoney1 • 2 months ago

Re-starting family sports days for work colleagues is great! Old and young alike get involved, get active and love the healthy competition!

shazza2823 • 2 months ago

Used to hate PE gym days at school. always made a excuse to not take part everyway I could get out of it I would.
Now am older I can't wait to train and workout at the gym.
Not only good for your body physically it's also mentally beneficial.
I only wish my younger self knew that at the time.
It's sets you in a good mindset and continues to throughout the day.
I would say to the young generation may be times you don't want to.
But stick at it healthy body is a healthy mind.

Chen84 • 2 months ago

I loved sport when I was younger. I loved the freedom and laughter it created. I was actually into dancing but didn’t like the leotard when my body started to change. I actually hate going swimming because I can’t seem to find a decent swimsuit. I need to change this thinking as I would hate to pass this on to my daughter. Love this positive ad

Sines • 2 months ago

I wish i had been good at sport in school. I loved volleyball. Unfortunately where i grew up there wasn't the opportunity to follow it up. I think it is amazing the opportunities out there for everyone. It is great to see that things have improved a lot since i was a child and that girls can be what they want to be and practice any sport they like.

Ariella • 2 months ago

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Thank you! #KeepHerPlaying

babyhk • 2 months ago

I loved gymnastics , practising at home and school . I was looked upon as good ,having loads of confidence to attempt new moves plus the enthusiasm . Behind every successful sportsperson is usually a parent , carer or relative who can support and nurture. I was chosen to join a specialist gym club via school but couldn't go as my Dad had to work and Mum was always ill so I was unable to attend .
As you get better the fees are too expensive for some . Unless you have senior support then even travel is an issue from attendance to getting to competitions . We have many talented youngsters but many can't always join in .

Jaaykaay26 • 2 months ago

Always are always there for us

L.Murray10 • 2 months ago

Many moons ago in my high school years I use to play netball, football, hockey and running then when I left I didn’t do much sports, I didn’t think I was much good at any of them, I didn’t have much confidence in my self to do any sports not until my later years when I was in my 30s and I started weight lifting and then my confidence went through the roof, I could actually see my physique change over the month and so could others, I use to get complements all the time which boosted my confidence even more, I was proud of my self for what I achieved but sadly I lost my mother and I stopped the weight lifting and since then iv never got back into it but it is something that I would still love to do and I know I can do it and boost my very much need confidence back up where it use to be, so listen all you young girls no matter what if you like doing something don’t let anyone ever stop you or put you down from doing it, you can achieve a lot from sports not just confidence but health and fitness too, you can do it.

Saragill • 2 months ago

Hi, my name is Sara and I am a woman from Pakistan. Pakistan isn’t the most equal country. Sexism will always be a factor there, however it was a little different for me. My parents understood women and men should be equal and equality should be present. Because of this I always had the motivation to try and achieve things society wouldn’t allow me to due to my gender. Because my parents saw I didn’t want to be held down due to society, I was given the best education where gender wasn’t a factor. The school was also really understanding about how sexism shouldn’t be a factor anymore. They had a females netball team which was rare considering how women were not seen to do anything like sports. I had the opportunity given to me and I took it with excitement and passion. I became the goal shooter in a matter of days and kept that position while also keeping up with my education most women weren’t given. These opportunities that I had made me realise how unequal the world is and how I was privileged with all these opportunities. Because of this I never wanted to be a woman who would be told what I can and can’t do because of my gender. I wanted to inspire women to do what they want no matter what anyone says and I did, I made such an impression that I inspired my teenage daughter to stand up for herself and I’m proud to say she is also the goal shooter in her school netball team and had many goals that show women can do anything. We are physically strong. Our body goes through a lot of changes but nothing can change our confidence. Must say these days we have so many wonderful things available in markets. They increase our confidence. Thanks to all the amazing brand for building up our confidence.#KeepHerPlaying

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Kotryna13244 • 2 months ago

Awesome prize would be great to win and inspire yourself to do even more sports!
At the moment, I play sports just at home
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Alice323 • 2 months ago

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Alice323 • 2 months ago

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Phoebe432 • 2 months ago

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sanju • 2 months ago

Girls who love watching and playing sports are rare, I’ll admit. However varied we may be, our encounters with people are all pretty similar.Yeah, we are pretty magical.. Can’t deny that. This is important to me because I passionately believe sport can lift your mood like nothing else. With the modern day pressures on girls’ looks and weight, it’s a battle for mums to support their girls and for them to feel beautiful. If only they could see that health and fitness matters more than looks and size – I want my daughter to learn that. Encouraging a teenage girl to have the confidence to participate in sport is not easy, convincing myself that I can do it at an age it has been even harder, but I think we have both came out winners and I’m so proud of us both!

mariolka84 • 2 months ago

I will be honest with you I didn’t like Doing any kind of exercises when i was younger i was overweight and getting my first period didn’t help but i change my mind when we got new PE teacher she was amazing and very understanding she knew if we didn’t feel well on our period she will be gentle on us i find that exercises help me to get more confident, more comfortable in my own skin and also i got more new friends when we were playing in teams teach me also how to support each other during this sometimes awful days

doverrog • 2 months ago

I hated sport due to the communal showers and cold even in summer. The feel of being half dry afterwards and the lack of dry towels and kit.

daddyreviews • 1 month ago

my wife used to be on the school football team but once he started her first period she found it harder to join in not only because of the discomfort but there was nowhere to have a shower after, the embarrassment of leaking always stopped her when she talks about it i can see the sadness in her eyes to this day.

Elatop • 1 month ago

I’ve always been as a teenager a sporty girl ! Skipping, running, tennis even some basketball. By being active only brings you happiness , confidence ability to work as a team and communication which nowadays girls have lack of . Girls should be encouraged more to take part in different types of sport.

Mumof2boyz • 1 month ago

I learnt that it is important to keep trying and trying till you get it and work hard in all you do. I loved netball and rounders it made me feel like I belong and have a good support network with my team. Even now I was looking at somewhere local to start netball again, you just have to get yourself out there, for you physical and mental well-being. It’s all about being resilient, supporting one another and trying your best. If you don’t enjoy it after a while, there’s plenty others to try!

lauren79 • 1 month ago

I was a very reluctant PE participant at school. However in my first graduate job I became part of a mixed Netball team and had lots of fun getting to know the team better and the socials were legendary (from what I can remember of them)

mandacp • 1 month ago

As soon as I hit puberty, sports were a nightmare for me, I was well endowed and felt so uncomfortable. Coupled with unsupportive PE teachers at school, this was a lesson I hated and would beg for a note. However, since growing up and becoming more confident in myself (and getting a good sports bra) sport is something I enjoy now in my own way. I attend classes at my local gym including cardio and fun sessions like zumba. I also run and have completed 2 half marathons. Not being one of the more able at PE made me not even want to try but now I thoroughly enjoy it and definitely have the motto 'my race, my pace'

lilacperil • 1 month ago

I loved sports at School but was always insecure around my Period, no one to talk too, so now I have a Daughter of my own, I tell her, you can do anything at any time, do not miss out on the fun when it is your time of the Month, I still swim, run and do Yoga. Come on Girls, you can do and be anything that you want to be. #BeStrong and have Fun

rattie007 • 1 month ago

As a young girl I was always active and playing lots of sports. I would love to play more sports more often.

Lisaw0614 • 1 month ago

Most girls won’t ask for help when needed

Bekil91 • 1 month ago

I used to absolutely hate sports at school - mainly because I felt body conscious growing up. I’ve now embraced sports and although I don’t play anything competitively, I love being out exercising and practising yoga. Now I have a child of my own it’s so important to me to push the importance of sports and exercise! I’ll always let them pick what they want to do but I will absolutely encourage it!

silvi1982 • 1 month ago

I trained biathlon in high school. From sports I learned discipline, respect for my rivals. And the most important lesson is never to give up, no matter how hard it is for me, because the end is near and the feeling that you have endured is unfortunate. That's why I motivate my children to import from an early age

fae88 • 1 month ago

I wasn't very confident about sports or my body when I was younger and felt very self conscious and lacked self confidence in myself. I would often avoid any physical activity participation in public and would make an excuse to sit on the side benches watching the other girls excel at sports. One day my gym teacher noticed I was avoidant and shy and decided to ask me help her pack up sports equipment and so I willingly helped. We had tennis rackets in our hands and my gym teacher decided to challenge me to a match and I went for it, to my surprise I was very good and beat my teacher in a match and I felt delighted. My gym teacher asked me to join our school tennis team which I accepted immediately and since that day I've excelled through every tournament and feel more confident in myself and my body which is now healthier and stronger than ever before as well as improving my overall mental health. Sports is for everyone #KEEPHERPLAYING

Katiefgvbbjnnnnb • 1 month ago

I learned I'm just as powerful as boys in sport if not better than! After puberty hit, I hit self conscious and eventually stopped playing sports 😔

Littlemissstake • 1 month ago

This project has inspired me to look to join an adult sports class, still unsure of what sport but after being very disinterested and Not encourage at school, I realise that I have the power now to give a sport a go. I want to try something different to what I have done before maybe archery or squash! Wish me luck ladies

Vroutjiec4 • 1 month ago

I was an avid athlete at school. I held school records for cros country, distance for javelling, shot put. I was always used by my teacher as the perfect athlete to advocate activities at school. It was so. Embarrassing walking up to collect my trophies in front of all the school. And my sports teacher Mrs D meaning with pride. I felt like a right numpty.
But I'll tell you what. The pride I felt then is still with me today 25 tears later.
If you get given these magical opportunities to participate in Any sporting event. Get yourselves in on that action. I was a role model to the whole school of girls years after, even today my records still hold.

Always try your hardest and give it all you've got. It's a blessing for health, physical fitness and most importantly sports and exercise have a huge benefit for mental health.
Believe in yourself, you never know how far sports will take you kid, you're a winner baby.

oopsadaisy • 1 month ago

My motivation to lose weight stemmed from my worsening physical and mental health which got so bad at the start of the pandemic - ate rubbish, lots of chocolate and self medicated with alcohol in the evenings (convincing myself it helped me get off to sleep quicker - it only spiraled my low mood in increased the weight) Besides being down about my external appearance, my body was starting to rebel, and illnesses related to obesity were beginning to accrue. I shied away from social activities because I struggled with my self-confidence. I took a look at myself last July and bought a healthy eating recipe book on line, filled my cupboards with herbs, spices, vinegars, stockpots and bought an air fryer. My family and friends encouraged me, and made me believe that I could be successful. I am happier, more vibrant, more engaged in all aspects in life. I am more active with my family and am open to new experiences—ones that I felt were closed off to me prior. I am exercising at a more intense rate and feel like a rock star at Zumba! I am jogging. I am getting up off the sofa and running up and down stairs with no thought. I am playing sports with my kids. I am making healthier meals, I aim to get a bike to keep up with my children now I have lost 27 pounds and can wear some exercise leggings without feeling so conscious about by thighs legs and bottom. It still a struggle and need to keep that picture of the fat unfit me in my mind if I reach for a chocolate bar - which I now have occasionally instead of with every cup of tea.

andiejay • 1 month ago

I hated PE at school and I went to the gym for a few weeks years ago. I quite enjoyed dance lessons when I was younger but I wouldn't go and do it now at 36. I do enjoy cycling and swimming. I've been cycling since the start of lockdown, only about once a week but it's great for my mind and body. I look forward to it and it's really fun. I haven't been able to go swimming since before lockdown but I can't wait to go back. I don't cycle and swim seriously. I take my time, stop for a chat, if I take my friend and go at my own pace. It's not just about the exercise. It really does do wonders for my mind and during these times I get to switch off and just think about the task at hand. It's very freeing and I'm happy that I get to do it.

Maxinechiddy • 1 month ago

1 absolutely loved PE at school unfortunate I wasn’t very good at it but still I carried on until the PE teacher used to never pick me for the teams this had an impact on my confidence and all I can say to all the girls out there and boys of course never ever give up sports whether you good or bad the health impact it has on you is amazing I am a late years of started running not fast just a slow pace but I know in the long term it will have a good impact on my life and my health,
Also it’s made me feel good about myself my confidence has increased and to be honest I feel quite radiant go on give it a go don’t let anybody ever drag you down you don’t need to be in the top athlete you certainly don’t need to cut keep up with everybody in the running group just do it at your own pace pace

xenababe1 • 1 month ago

Hi Guys

I am a older blogger..... born 1968. I was an active youngster in Primary school ..always won the sack race, egg and spoon lol. lol. When in high school I was credited with the fastest 100 and 200 metres in my year (200 kids). Also the top five in cross country (although got fed up with that and skived and skipped over the fence). Went for a smoke also....... Naughty I know. Later on I became interested in Disco Dancing and eventually became the best in County in both Single and Doubles for many years. I even had newspapers knocking at the door and was front page on the Chronicle and Evening Leader. Happy years.

Emmap311 • 1 month ago

Brilliantly

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