A sport and fitness programme exclusively for females is being launched as a result of £162,750 worth of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund.

Hertsmere is among 36 projects to receive a share of £5.9m to support grassroots sport activity across the country.

The ‘Women and Girls’ programme will include a number of different sports and activities such as netball, badminton, football and athletics with sessions taking place across the borough in leisure centres, parks, schools and community venues for those aged between 14 and 25.

Councillor Brenda Batten, portfolio holder for leisure, culture and health, said: "This is a fabulous opportunity for young women and girls to get into sport and fitness. Whether you’re at school and enjoy a particular sport or you’re older and want to get back into regular exercise, this is the programme for you. And what better time to start than in the New Year."

The project will be launched this month, and some events will be free.

For more information and to get involved call 020 8207 7801 or email helen.hopkins@hertsmere.gov.uk