Poster delight for trio of sporting students

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Three students from Aylesbury are to become stars on a national campaign aimed at women.

The Aylesbury College sports students will be featured on official posters for #ThisGirlCan, a national campaign developed by Sport England celebrating active women and aimed at increasing activity levels and sports participation of women and girls.

This Girl Can poster competition

This Girl Can poster competition

The students involved are Vicki Lyon, Hayley Talmer and Madie Rowland, who are all delighted at their success.

As part of the campaign the #ThisGirlCan app encouraged users to submit their own posters and photos, and a poster featuring three Aylesbury College students has been chosen to feature as part of the official campaign.

The poster will feature on advertising screens in the Eden Shopping Centre in High Wycombe, as well as on large screens in shopping centres nationwide.

Madie Rowland, who received the college community award at Aylesbury College’s recent student awards ceremony said: “I’m really excited that our poster has been chosen.

“I’ve loved all the sporting activities I’ve been involved with at college this year, including running a lunchtime Boxercise club since Christmas.

“I think #ThisGirlCan is a great way to inspire young women like me to enjoy a more active lifestyle, and the college really supports this.”

Fiona Morey, vice principal at Aylesbury College said: “I’m really pleased that some of our students will be featured on the #ThisGirlCan posters.

“We have done a lot of work this year to increase sports activities available across College.

“We believe it’s really important for our students to get active and get involved with lunchtime clubs and activities like Madie’s Boxercise club – it’s great for health and wellbeing, but also it’s a great motivator and teaches important skills like teamwork.”

Since the launch of #ThisGirlCan, Aylesbury College has seen an increase in female participants in lunchtime and after-class sports clubs, and runs a selection of female-only sports clubs, including football, yoga and boxing.

Aylesbury College is an innovative and inclusive further education environment and is graded ‘Good’ by Ofsted.

Specialist courses on offer include Creative Arts, Health and Social Care, Hair and Beauty, Hospitality and Catering, Construction and Technology, Travel and Tourism, Science, Sport, Business and IT.

Its Integrated Learning Campus provides a customer-focussed, forward-thinking centre of excellence for learning and skills development. This provision gives people of all ages and abilities a broad range of educational and vocational opportunities from traditional subjects, apprenticeship schemes and Higher Education to becoming work-ready by learning real work and life skills.