November 23, 2018, by Charlotte Gauja

Girls Night In- an evening of fun, fitness and freebies!

Last Sunday, Girls Night In was finally back and better than ever! The sounds of music and chatter could be heard from 7pm as the night kicked off and 368 girls descended upon David Ross Sports Village, where they took over 170 Photo Booth pictures with 12 different wacky inflatables. Among these girls were 10 competition winners from a social media competition campaign who had won (among other prizes), jumpers, food hampers, Ocean tickets and bus passes. Over 300 flapjacks were eaten over 180 minutes of what was to be the biggest and most successful Girls Night In event yet.

Organised by the Engage team, the evening of ‘fun, fitness and freebies’ began with the queue already extending out of the door!  The evening aimed to encourage female participation in sport, as well as to highlight different Engage sessions that are available throughout the year. 12 different sessions went on throughout the night including salsa dancing, table tennis, trampolining, handball and Mixed Martial Arts. Each activity was full to the brim of girls wanting to try something new and meet new people, with all abilities and experience being welcomed.

The event also offered a perfect study break amid deadlines and essays thanks to the chill zone, where girls could sit and chat or have the opportunity to get free face painting. Further relaxation was available in the form of free massages from the Sports Injury Clinic, as well as mocktail mojito refreshments from Flairsoc! One girl commented on the night that “it’s such a feel-good evening, it’s exactly what I needed at this point in the term.”

A board was available throughout the night where girls could write the reasons they came to the event. Some of the best reasons included “to meet people from different courses”, “to have a boogie”,  “to try something new” and simply “because I had nothing better to do!

The dodgeball team, who ran a session between 8:15-9pm, said that hosting the session was “a great way to get more girls involved in a generally male-dominated sport, and it was a lot of fun to run! It’s such a chilled event and a great platform for the club.”

Participation Sport Development Officer Daniella Dutton commented: “3 student ambassadors leading on delivery, 48 hours+ of planning, more external involvement than ever before and a bumper social media campaign. No wonder Girls’ Night In was our most successful yet!! As team leader, getting to see the hard work of my student ambassador team pay off was priceless and I couldn’t be prouder of the event that we delivered!! Roll on Girls’ Night In 2019!”

The next Girls Night In event won’t be until next term, but in the meantime make sure you check out the Girls Night In album on the UoN Sport Facebook page.

A huge thank you to our Ambassadors, Coordinators and volunteers who helped make the evening a huge success.

For more activities like Girls’ Night In, check out the latest Engage timetable.


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