This City Girl Can

This City Girl Can

22nd – 26th November 2021

Each year, City takes part in the Sport England national #ThisGirlCan campaign, encouraging women to become more active in their daily lives.

This usually takes place as a week of activities for our female students to try out a new sport or activity. In the past years, we’ve held various give-it-a-go sessions, from learning to lift weights, rugby, netball, cheerleading, meditation and even neon hula hoop, to name a few, however this year we are doing things a little bit differently.

As many of you are currently in blended learning, we’ll be holding the majority of our in-person activities in 2022 to give everyone an opportunity to participate. This year you can join the free #ThisCityGirlCan in-person class to try your hand at boxing, improve your fitness and make new friends (full details below).

We’ll also introduce you to some of our female athletes and teams on Instagram (@cityuniversityoflondonsport) and we’ll be sharing our tips on how you can keep active while balancing your studies.

This Girl Can is for everyone, whatever your experience. It’s a brilliant way to keep healthy and feel good. The benefits of exercise for mental health are well documented, so that’s another great reason to get active.

This year, we’ll be focussing on overcoming challenges – read on to find out how you can get involved.

Join our free Begin2box women-only class

  • Wednesday 24th November 2021
  • 6 – 7pm
  • Saddlers Sports Hall

All equipment will be provided, so you’ll just need to bring your own water bottle with you. No kit is needed – you can wear comfortable clothing of your choice (but avoid jeans and outdoor shoes).

Changing rooms and lockers, including secure lockers will be available at the facility. Lockers take a shopping trolley token.

Saddlers Sports Hall is located in Clerkenwell and is accessible by public transport. You can use the Northern Line (Bank branch), as well as the combination of the Circle/District/Metropolitan/Hammersmith & City lines, and the Central Line.

The nearest tube stations are Angel, Farringdon and Moorgate. Many London bus lines also pass close to the site. Transport for London's interactive map can tell you "what buses can I catch here?" Try it with a location near you, and look for the route choices it offers

Other activities you can get involved in

City Active sessionsCityActive programme | Student Hub | City, University of London Join one of our fun and friendly social sport sessions

A local parkrun  home | parkrun UK Walk, jog or run a weekly 5k route. The closest one to Northampton square is the Highbury Fields parkrun home | Highbury Fields parkrun | Highbury Fields parkrun or there are many all over the country to find one local to you

Meet the City Girls

Following this year’s theme of overcoming challenges, we spoke to six City students involved in sports at individual or team level to find out how they balance their studies alongside keeping active, and their advice for those considering joining a team or becoming more active. You can read their stories here.

Terms and conditions

  1. You must be a City, University of London student, alumni or staff to enter this competition
  2. To be eligible to win the free day gym pass, you must tag #ThisCITYGirlCan, #ThisGirlCan and @cityuniversityoflondonsport in your image on Instagram
  3. You can tag us in multiple images throughout the week, however only one gym pass can be redeemed per person
  4. You confirm that you own the copyright to the submitted image and will provide City, University of London a royalty free, irrevocable and perpetual license to use the image for marketing and promotional purposes
  5. You agree for the image to be reposted on social media and other forms of public marketing by City, University of London and its affiliates including Sports England
  6. To redeem your gym pass, you must email
  7. Your day gym pass can be redeemed from the date CitySport is able to reopen pending government restrictions
  8. Your gym pass must be used before 31st December 2021
  9. You must register as a Pay as You Go member on Sport and Leisure Services Online Memberships ( before using the free gym pass
  10. You must provide photo ID upon using the facilities
  11. The gym pass cannot be redeemed for monetary value
  12. The gym pass must be used by competition entrant and cannot be used by a third party.