Your Stories

We have seen some great stories from inspirational women since the Leeds Girls Can campaign launched in March 2015.

We would love to hear your story and how the campaign has inspired you to wiggle, jiggle and move more so please submit your story to with a picture that you're happy for us to use and we'll upload your story onto this page.

Jane's dairy week 11

This is Jane's Diary Week Eleven's story

2020 has arrived and I have no desire to set myself any new year’s resolutions. I am so up and down motivationally wise that I think I would be setting myself up to fail. I would suggest that you know you more than anyone else and it is important to do what fits with you and where you are in life. New Year is at the same time every year but your motivation and needs are not going to always align themselves to January 1st regardless of what year it is. So as I have always suggested be kind to “you”. Aside from my no resolution message I have some exciting news to share with you all!

Jane's dairy week 10

This is Jane's Diary Week Ten's story

Blogging my experiences of trying to get and stay active whilst going through pre-menopause is more challenging than I expected it to be. There so many up and down days that you don’t factor into your weekly plans. As I mentioned in a previous blog dancing is my go-to when I need to release some stress or even just feel good about life! I have been attending the adult community class and we had our annual Christmas performance last weekend.

Jane's dairy week 8

This is Jane's Diary Week Eight's story

Phewww! The weeks fly by and before I can catch myself in the mirror, it’s time for reflection again. I haven’t had the chance to go to the gym this week, however, I have had some amazing walks. The highlight of my weekend was a lovely walk around Chester, such a historical and beautiful place, the festive lights were a bonus too.

Jane's dairy week 7

This is Jane's Diary Week Seven's story

I have started to see some improvements to my health based on reducing my coffee intake and increasing the amount of water I drink in a day. I used to live on coffee and was prone to headaches, I would take at least one dose of paracetamol every other day, sometimes even more.

Jane's dairy week 6

This is Jane's Diary Week Six's story

So this week I gave myself a real good talking to! You see last week, wasn’t the best, I hardly did any activity. Some days I feel like I can take on the world both physically and mentally. Then the next day, I can wake up and my brain is all foggy, my joints ache and I feel just out of sorts. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is! The last thing I feel like doing is donning my t-shirt and leggings to get active.

Jane's dairy week 3

This is Jane's Diary Week Three's story

This week, instead of hearing from Jane we have a guest post from Lisa who joined a gym to combat menopause symptom and is now inspiring others to come to. Lisa’s Menopause Story

Jane's dairy week 2

This is Jane's Diary Week Two's story

One step at a time… I have done a lot of thinking and planning over the past week. Then suddenly came to the conclusion that my body has changed and evolved so much over the past 50yrs, crawling, walking, running, adolescence, childbirth, post-natal body, and much more. So why do I think that I can make a long list of things I want to change by next week based on mother nature waving her wand and granting me with premenopausal symptoms!!

Jane's dairy week 1

This is Jane's Diary Week One's story

Hi my name is Jane and I have just celebrated (questionable at the moment) my 50th birthday. Over the past 6 to 12 months I have struggled with my mental & physical health. Initially, I just thought it would pass. If I started to eat better and have some me-time everything would be okay!


This is Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre's story

Leeds Girls Can and Positive Futures run a range of programmes aimed at getting young people active.

Young Ambassador

This is Young Ambassador Programme's story

The young ambassador program is a scheme aimed at secondary school females aged 14+, targeting the children who have a low self-esteem, have a negative relationship with physical activity and face multiple barriers when getting active. This project aims to encourage young people to engage positively through educational and recreational activities including cricket, kayaking/canoeing, rock climbing. The participants are introduced to facilities and groups within their local communities. With the support of the positive futures and Leeds Girls Can staff, we aim for participants to build a positive relationship with physical activity and to feel inspired to try new things.

Cricket World Cup

This is Cricket World Cup Tour

The Cricket World Cup is coming to Leeds in Summer 2019. To start the celebrations Leeds Girls Can and Yorkshire Cricket Foundation came together to host an event at Trinity Leeds for the Cricket World Cup Tour.

Hits Misuss

This is Hits & Missus

Sport England have highlighted that young people start to disengage in sport & physical activity around the age of 14yrs. Leeds Girls Can has a priority to provide support to girls aged 14yrs+ into getting active. In Partnership with Yorkshire Cricket Foundation and their “Hits & Missus” programme Leeds Girls Can has been able to support girls 14+ from diverse communities within the most deprived areas of Leeds.

This is Together Women Project's story

In September 2018 Leeds Girls Can began to support the Together Women Project in Leeds. Together Women Project are funded by multiple organisations including Police and Crime commissioner and Comic Relief.

This is Armley Christ Church

Meeting Point aims to serve the needs of Refugees and Asylum Seekers working with them towards social integration. Providing a holistic space to improve women’s well-being, build self-confidence and self-esteem and develop new skills through a range of activities. Leeds Girls Can developed a programme to support meeting point’s needs and motivate women to take part in physical activity, removing barriers they may face when getting active.


This is Gardening Girls's story

Leeds Girls can were invited to help the East SILC John Jamieson School to get their outdoor space back into shape. The East SILC is a special school near Oakwood that supports children and young people aged 3 to 19 years. They know the benefits of outdoor learning and require welcoming spaces that provide sensory opportunities for their learners with complex needs.