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Share your sporting stories and keep girls active

Cast your mind back to playing sport as a kid – the freedom and fun of running, jumping and cartwheeling… Did that carefree joy start to dwindle as puberty hit? Sadly, for many young girls, this is exactly what happens.

Share your sporting stories and keep girls active

Always are giving us the chance to make a difference. They teamed up with a number of powerful and inspirational women to find out what sport means to them – and now it’s your turn!

We want you to share your personal stories and serve as a role model to young women. What’s more, you can be in with a shot at winning one of 28x £250 Decathlon vouchers by doing so! Here’s how…

How to get involved – and help girls stay in sports

As part of this very important savvy circle project group, we’re sharing our stories on Instagram to inspire a whole generation of girls, who run the risk of missing out on the transformative power of sport, and get communities behind the campaign.

How to share (and inspire)?

There are many ways to get involved. If you’re looking for inspiration, then check out the posts from the team at the end of this blog or consider sharing one of the following:

  1. A walk down memory lane
    Do you have a throwback picture of you playing sport as a teen? Or a group pic of your childhood team that triggers the best memories? We want to see your old pics and hear your nostalgic sporting tales!
  2. Still playing?
    Fab! If you are still as sporty as ever then get out your sport gear, take a proud snap and upload it to your socials.
  3. Get descriptive
    The aim of our project is to encourage young girls to either stay in, or get back to playing sport. In the caption, share how you benefitted from doing sport, the life skills it taught you or what connections you made. If you dropped out of playing sports, then let others know what you miss about playing.
  4. Bring others onboard!
    Your mission will not be complete until you let your friends and followers know that they can also contribute to this movement! By purchasing a pack of Always Ultra, Always Platinum or Tampax Compak Pearl, they will trigger a donation from Always to Sported to help them keep girls involved in sports. The more people we reach, the more girls we can help!

You should share to Instagram, and make sure to use the right tags and hashtags, so Always can see your posts: #KeepHerPlaying, #savvycircle, @always_uk_ireland, @SportedUK

And how do I win a £250 Decathlon voucher?

Simply use our tools to submit your posts and be entered into our competition automatically:

  • If your post (and profile) is public:

Upload your URL

  • If your post (and profile) is private (and only your friends can see it):

Upload a screenshot of your post

We can’t wait to see your posts!

@all: Does sport have a positive impact on your life?

46 Comments

Monkey12 • 2 months ago

would love to take part in this

Meljel • 2 months ago

Would like to be part of this project please

Elatop • 2 months ago

Brilliant idea! Would love to take part!

Laulau1313laulau • 2 months ago

Yes! It's my anti depressant my anti anxiety my release and I'm so lucky that my friend group feel the same. We are privileged to live in Wales and have such beauty on our doorstep!

fereshteh1 • 2 months ago

I would like to take part and contribute to this project.

Sammystar2021 • 2 months ago

Would love to take part in this.

Marcie • 2 months ago

I think it is very important for girls of all ages to take part in sport.

Deenz • 2 months ago

Would love to take part in this.

Ariella • 2 months ago

We can't wait to see your shares! 💜

Charlottelou12 • 2 months ago

Would love to take part please x

Misamisa • 2 months ago

I would love to take part I do a blog page about excrise and mental health that's the weight to do it

Ariella • 2 months ago

Dear savvy circler Misamisa, to take part in the competition, please share your story along with a pic on your Instagram. You can find more instructions here: https://circle.supersavvyme.co.uk/uk/projects/keepherplaying/blog/share-your-stories

Once you shared online, don't forget to send us your URL via our online reporting tool.

Thank you! #KeepHerPlaying

Loopyloula • 2 months ago

I can’t wait to share my story! Sport and keeping active is soo important x

Ariella • 2 months ago

Dear savvy circler Loopyloula, To take part in the competition, please share your story along with a pic on your Instagram. You can find more instructions here: https://circle.supersavvyme.co.uk/uk/projects/keepherplaying/blog/share-your-stories

Once you shared online, don't forget to send us your URL via our online reporting tool.

Thank you! #KeepHerPlaying

Fakhra • 2 months ago

Would love to take part in this campaign

Ariella • 2 months ago

Dear savvy circler Fakhra, to take part in the competition, please share your story along with a pic on your Instagram. You can find more instructions here: https://circle.supersavvyme.co.uk/uk/projects/keepherplaying/blog/share-your-stories

Once you shared online, don't forget to send us your URL via our online reporting tool.

Thank you! #KeepHerPlaying

Meanameicallmyself • 2 months ago

I tried ladies football as an adult at a taster day at my local gym, it was a great but tiring session as only three people turned up, the two other people where young teenagers friends and it was nice that they decided to try and join a football session as a lot of girls drop out of sports after high school. Having evening and taster sessions are a great way to see if you like a sport and then you can do further research about local clubs, groups to join.

Ariella • 2 months ago

Dear savvy circler Meanameicallmyself, thank you for sharing your amazing story!

To take part in the competition, please share your story along with a pic on your Instagram. You can find more instructions here: https://circle.supersavvyme.co.uk/uk/projects/keepherplaying/blog/share-your-stories

Once you shared online, don't forget to send us your URL via our online reporting tool.

Thank you! #KeepHerPlaying

CLIO • 2 months ago

Always has always been there for me when i was younger and now as I'm older . I loved to trampoline when i was younger,with the same group of friends, we always talked about the protection we needed for the different activities we did ie running, sports, swimming etc. It was good to have friends to talk to about it. Girls should talk about it and be comfortable too.

Stuffysquirrel • 2 months ago

If you start being active in your childhood taking part in sports you are more likely to carry this on into adulthood.

Ariella • 2 months ago

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To take part in the competition, please share your story along with a pic on your Instagram. You can find more instructions here: https://circle.supersavvyme.co.uk/uk/projects/keepherplaying/blog/share-your-stories

Once you shared online, don't forget to send us your URL via our online reporting tool.

Thank you! #KeepHerPlaying

TanniF • 2 months ago

I would love to take part, as an adult I enjoy yoga, Pilates and walking.

Ariella • 2 months ago

Dear savvy circler TanniF,
To take part in the competition, please share your story along with a pic on your Instagram. You can find more instructions here: https://circle.supersavvyme.co.uk/uk/projects/keepherplaying/blog/share-your-stories

Once you shared online, don't forget to send us your URL via our online reporting tool.

Thank you! #KeepHerPlaying

Ritiroo • 2 months ago

I was very active when I was young but as an adult I’m not so active due to time. I would like to become more active and healthier as an adult now.

Ariella • 2 months ago

Dear savvy circler Ritiroo, thank you for sharing your amazing story!

To take part in the competition, please share your story along with a pic on your Instagram. You can find more instructions here: https://circle.supersavvyme.co.uk/uk/projects/keepherplaying/blog/share-your-stories

Once you shared online, don't forget to send us your URL via our online reporting tool.

Thank you! #KeepHerPlaying

Yvonne82 • 2 months ago

What a wonderful initiative

gembob-g • 2 months ago

I love this idea! I got into fitness later, when I was in my early 30s. I always dreamed of climbing Ben Nevis but never thought I would be able to do it as I was overweight and had a chronic pain illness as well as arthritis. It tool me three years of training hard at the gym but...I finally did it. Never let anyone tell you what you can achieve. Believe in yourself, and want something badly enough and you CAN do anything you set your mind to.

Ariella • 2 months ago

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To take part in the competition, please share your story along with a pic on your Instagram. You can find more instructions here: https://circle.supersavvyme.co.uk/uk/projects/keepherplaying/blog/share-your-stories

Once you shared online, don't forget to send us your URL via our online reporting tool.

Thank you! #KeepHerPlaying

Kazzy05 • 2 months ago

I love fishing as my sport I try going as much as I can, lucky my hubby loved it to, but I was bought up with fishing and I was the only girl that took it up or of the family.
Hubby took me to France was great I caught my biggest there 50lb I'd encourage any girl to keep to a sport she likes when helps stress etc later on if you suffer this.

Ariella • 2 months ago

Dear savvy circler Kazzy05, thank you for sharing your amazing story!

To take part in the competition, please share your story along with a pic on your Instagram. You can find more instructions here: https://circle.supersavvyme.co.uk/uk/projects/keepherplaying/blog/share-your-stories

Once you shared online, don't forget to send us your URL via our online reporting tool.

Thank you! #KeepHerPlaying

Channelswimmer • 2 months ago

I’d love to take part after swimming the channel when I was only 20 and still holding the record for being the youngest female to swim the North Channel

Ariella • 2 months ago

Dear savvy circler Channelswimmer, thank you for sharing your amazing story!

To take part in the competition, please share your story along with a pic on your Instagram. You can find more instructions here: https://circle.supersavvyme.co.uk/uk/projects/keepherplaying/blog/share-your-stories

Once you shared online, don't forget to send us your URL via our online reporting tool.

Thank you! #KeepHerPlaying

DEANDEAN1 • 2 months ago

I would love to take part in this

Ariella • 2 months ago

Dear savvy circler DEANDEAN1,
To take part in the competition, please share your story along with a pic on your Instagram. You can find more instructions here: https://circle.supersavvyme.co.uk/uk/projects/keepherplaying/blog/share-your-stories

Once you shared online, don't forget to send us your URL via our online reporting tool.

Thank you! #KeepHerPlaying

Rowena • 2 months ago

I was a swimmer and runner. It was in the 60’s so I may be too old. I was the third leg of the 4x100 yard relay. We won every time at the district sports. I also swum breast stroke at the district sports. I came second by a few inches. I loved every minute, the training and the taking part. It really gave me a boost as I was not very academic. I also made good friends with my fellow athletes. I am still in contact.
I have photos. Also press clippings.

Ariella • 2 months ago

Dear savvy circler Rowena, thank you for sharing your amazing story!

To take part in the competition, please share your story along with a pic on your Instagram. You can find more instructions here: https://circle.supersavvyme.co.uk/uk/projects/keepherplaying/blog/share-your-stories

Once you shared online, don't forget to send us your URL via our online reporting tool.

Thank you! #KeepHerPlaying

Stuffysquirrel • 2 months ago

Finding a sport you enjoy while young can continue into adulthood.
The sport you find outside school will be the one you love due to it was your choice.
Most adults talk about hating physical exercise in school.

Ariella • 2 months ago

Dear savvy circler Stuffysquirrel, thank you for sharing your amazing story!

To take part in the competition, please share your story along with a pic on your Instagram. You can find more instructions here: https://circle.supersavvyme.co.uk/uk/projects/keepherplaying/blog/share-your-stories

Once you shared online, don't forget to send us your URL via our online reporting tool.

Thank you! #KeepHerPlaying

Carolynwilson1975 • 2 months ago

I have left my commend on the page but they are not showing
I was extremely sporty growing up if not a bit uncoordinated until I reached puberty it was rough I had a constant period constant until my mom brought me to a gynaecologist at 11 and they discovered I had two wombs that were independent of each other so they put me on the pill if you grew up in Ireland the pill was not available to the masses in 1986 so I was on it and it gave me a regular cycle so I continued to do sports swimming and running I could not use tampons as I had two wombs so I continued on the pill till I got married and continued to enjoy sports there are many barriers to women enjoying sports in the teenage years self confidence is a major one but if you want to do anything you can I am proof of it

Ariella • 2 months ago

Dear savvy circler Carolynwilson1975, thank you for sharing your amazing story!

To take part in the competition, please share your story along with a pic on your Instagram. You can find more instructions here: https://circle.supersavvyme.co.uk/uk/projects/keepherplaying/blog/share-your-stories

Once you shared online, don't forget to send us your URL via our online reporting tool.

Thank you! #KeepHerPlaying

Chen84 • 2 months ago

I’ve talked about me six years ago. Since having children I’ve lost my way a bit maybe if I win I could buy a new bike to get back out there. Go girls

Shammi • 2 months ago

I would love to take part in this.

Ariella • 2 months ago

Dear savvy circler Shammi,

To take part in the competition, please share your story along with a pic on your Instagram. You can find more instructions here: https://circle.supersavvyme.co.uk/uk/projects/keepherplaying/blog/share-your-stories

Once you shared online, don't forget to send us your URL via our online reporting tool.

Thank you! #KeepHerPlaying

chloegrace09 • 2 months ago

I dont do any sport as I have arthritis in my Spime . I played rounders and netball at school though and really enjoyed it

Karm • 2 months ago

loved to play sport when I was younger but when I turned 14 I stopped running and playing other sports regret it now but alot was pear pressure

Deewilks • 2 months ago

I absolutely loved sport in infant school, it was always fun. But then going into high school, it was no longer fun. It turned into a subject that I hated. If you wasn't brilliant at sport then you was treated like you didn't matter. Hopefully since the early 90s this has changed. I would hope it is again treated like fun so girls can enjoy it and will feel empowered to continue

Ariella • 2 months ago

Dear savvy circler Deewilks, thank you for sharing your amazing story!

To take part in the competition, please share your story along with a pic on your Instagram. You can find more instructions here: https://circle.supersavvyme.co.uk/uk/projects/keepherplaying/blog/share-your-stories

Once you shared online, don't forget to send us your URL via our online reporting tool.

Thank you! #KeepHerPlaying

Leggy26 • 2 months ago

I love spinning and power walking, helped by the Peleton app. I join monthly virtual walking challenges to keep myself motivated and make sure that I get outside. I’ve signed up for the London virtual marathon for charity and looking to beat my time last year.

Ariella • 2 months ago

Dear savvy circler Leggy26,thank you for sharing your amazing story!

To take part in the competition, please share your story along with a pic on your Instagram. You can find more instructions here: https://circle.supersavvyme.co.uk/uk/projects/keepherplaying/blog/share-your-stories

Once you shared online, don't forget to send us your URL via our online reporting tool.

Thank you! #KeepHerPlaying

Matey1 • 2 months ago

I can`t take part in this competition as I am male., but good luck to all entrants.

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.

Ariella • 2 months ago

Dear savvy circler shazza2823, thank you for sharing your amazing story!

To take part in the competition, please share your story along with a pic on your Instagram. You can find more instructions here: https://circle.supersavvyme.co.uk/uk/projects/keepherplaying/blog/share-your-stories

Once you shared online, don't forget to send us your URL via our online reporting tool.

Thank you! #KeepHerPlaying

LightningKate • 2 months ago

I'd love to participate in this competition! Could someone point me toward more specific rules, please? Do you want a short-story type response, or just a few sentences appropriate for a normal IG post? Is a picture of some kind required? Please let me know! Thanks!

Ariella • 2 months ago

Dear savvy circler LightningKate, to take part in the competition, please share your story along with a pic on your Instagram. You can find more instructions here: https://circle.supersavvyme.co.uk/uk/projects/keepherplaying/blog/share-your-stories

Thank you! #KeepHerPlaying

KD96 • 2 months ago

This is such an incredible project I would love to be part of! I miss my sport from years ago so much and the rewards it brings!

Sweepy30 • 2 months ago

I would love to share my sporting story and motivate all ladies in participating.

dhami • 2 months ago

As young child found that teachers were always strict, i would hate P.E would do anything to drop out. If only we had a choice to wear tracksuit bottoms rather then short skirt even in winter. I think my sports days would be enjoyable.

Kotryna13244 • 2 months ago

Awesome prize! I am currently playing sports at home! It would be great to win and gain even more purpose in sports in the yard as well

Shammi • 2 months ago

I love to go to gym. My height is 5’9” coz of my height my all teachers wanted me to take part in sports. And they wanted me in their teams. I used to play basketball and was good in this sport!

Joalan • 2 months ago

A small netball team in Aston Birmingham has been inspiring young black and Asian girls to take part in sport, showing that being poor and having no money is no barrier to getting fit making friends for life and integrate in each others lives

Boxermom • 2 months ago

When I was young I lost it as I grew older from ballet training 5vtimes a week to zero then mid 30s found the gym and I pursued that for a number of years before work, step classes then again children elderly parents work and life got in the way . Then 10years ago I was diagnosed with parkinsons so then a different sport regime started exercise bike and now Nordic poles walking to keep my levels of movement. My point is doesn't matter your age doesn't matter your health there is a sport out there for you I try to set myself as an example to my teenage granddaughters and I hope I do. I am a female parkinsons warrior so come on girls

Meanameicallmyself • 2 months ago

Hi SuperSavvy 👋🏾When is the competition draw taking place? I’d absolutely love to win a decathlon voucher, I’d buy a huge tent to take my son and I camping, we’d also buy a some sports stuff from decathlon like badminton net/rackets, swingball, and some gym equipment. I was never good at sports at school and was always on the sidelines. My school definitely didn’t encourage girls like me(very shy, low confidence) I can see why 1 in 3 girls drop out of sports during puberty. I think watching the Olympic Games definitely can encourage girls to try new sports whether it’s gymnastics or skate boarding but we need grassroots level access to sports for girls who maybe can’t afford to participate in certain sports, female mentors, access to period products etc. #keepherplaying https://instagram.com/stories/sunny_cavalierkcspaniel/2644519269907879846?utm_source=ig_story_item_share&utm_medium=copy_link

Kotryna13244 • 1 month ago

Awesome prize! I am currently playing sports at home! It would be great to win and gain even more purpose in sports and in the yard or at the gym with your friend! And encourage your friends because sports are really important!

Kotryna13244 • 1 month ago

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sanju • 1 month 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!

mumofthreeandme • 1 month ago

I was never one of the 'in crowd' at school, not picked for the netball team, or hockey team, even though I loved playing, there was always the crowd of girls with the best sportswear, trainers and kit, being from a single parent family I just did not have the confidence to show my talent and enthusiasm for the sport. I was always miserable at school, feeling on the outside - this would have not looked good to the team should they ever have thought of me. onwards 10 years, when I went to university, I joined the netball and hockey teams - I had a fresh start, I loved this, I got better, and my confidence grew, we won matches, lost matches but now 20 years on - still play netball (infact one of the 'in crowd' who I was invisible to at school is on the same team- hey). The fact I did not give up, and believed in myself is an asset which stays with me.

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