Come and get active with fun and games for girls only
Join us for our first Girls' Night
Our First ever Girls’ Night is taking place at Ravelin Sports Centre on Friday 3 February from 7:00pm-10:30pm. This is the perfect opportunity for you to get together with friends or meet new people and take part in a whole range of sports and activities. This event is just £5 per ticket and is open to students and University of Portsmouth staff who identify as female.
It can be incredibly daunting trying something new and making that first step in getting active. When looking at our own customer base as well as global research it’s clear to see that significantly more males are active and involved in sport and/or regularly exercise compared to females. We are trying to bridge this gap by encouraging more of students and staff who identify as female to get active, Girls’ Night is the perfect start.
You will be able to access a whole range of different activities throughout the evening, we are bound to have a few sessions that will suit you!
- Gym sessions and lifting classes
- Fitness classes
- Sport sessions including netball and volleyball
- Talks in the lead up to the event that are specific to females
- And more
Why should you come to Girls’ Night?
- Range of activities to get involved in
- The perfect opportunity to try something new
- You can choose the activities you want to try
- Make friends with likeminded people
- Take things at your own pace and ease yourself into getting active
- Comfortable, safe, judgement free and welcoming environment
How to access sessions
Once you have purchased your ticket for £5 you will be able to book any of the Girls’ Night sessions on the UOP Sport app for no extra charge. Bookings will be available on the app from Friday 20 January. All of the sessions have capacity limits for health and safety reasons, so make sure you book the sessions you wish to attend before you arrive to avoid disappointment.
On the day
- Swimming, classes and gym - You will need to report to reception where you will be given a ticket for the activity you have booked.
- Climbing - You will need to report to reception to sign a waiver.
- Club sessions (any sport sessions) - There will be someone taking a register upon entry.
Supporting the Girls - The importance of sports bras for physical activity
Join us for a talk on Tuesday 31 January from 5.30pm-6.30pm in the seminar room in Ravelin Sports Centre with experts in breast and bra science to learn more about sports bras, bra fitting, and breast support'. You can book your place now.
Join us for a talk with experts in breast and bra science to learn more about sports bras, bra fitting, and breast support'. You can book your place now.
Tuesday 31 January - 5.30pm-6.30pm (Seminar room in Ravelin Sports Centre).
Float Fit HIIT is a full body, High Intenisty Interval Training workout on water. This demanding and energetic fitness class for all fitness levels includes squats, mountain climbers, lunges and maybe even some burpees.
The introduction to synchronised swimming is with qualified coaches from Portsmouth and District Synchronised Swimming club. Learn how to move gracefully through the water to music.
- Float Fit HIIT - 7.05pm-7.40pm (Lanes 5-8)
- Introduction to synchronised swimming - 8.00pm-8.45pm (Lanes 5-8)
Learn the basics of boxing as well as a bit of self defence.
- 7.00pm-8.00pm (Sports Hall 1 (Court 3 and 4)
This 1 hour climbing session will take you through all the basic skills for using the climbing wall safely. This includes bouldering using our auto belay. This is for new climbers - no previous experience or equipment is required.
- Learn to climb sessions - 7:00pm-7:50pm, 8.00pm-8.50pm, 9.00pm-9.50pm
Try out some fun Dodgeball based games including bulldog, daisy chain, supercatch and more!
- 8.00pm-9.00pm (Sports Hall 1)
Group fitness is more than just a workout. It can be motivating, it can be social, it can be rewarding and it will definitely be worth it. Fitness classes are suitable for anyone regardless of previous experience or ability.
- Zumba - 7.00pm-7.50pm (Studio 1 and 2)
- Pilates - 8.00pm-8.45pm (Studio 1 and 2)
- FIT Bounce - 9.00pm-9.45pm (Studio 1 and 2)
The female only gym sessions will allow you to try out our 175 station gym, whether you want to use our cardio machines, weights or functional area, there’s a whole range of options. The weights session will involve a health and fitness instructor guide you through your workout.
- Female only gym sessions - 7.00pm-10.30pm
- Female only weights session - 8.00pm-8.45pm (Performance area)
Have a go at learning the basics of throwing, catching and shooting before trying out your skills in a mini game!
- 7.00pm-8.00pm (Sports Hall 2)
Learn some ball coordination and how to work as a team before playing some small sided games.
- 9.00pm-10.30pm (Sports Hall 2)
The casual swimming sessions are ideal if you want to swim and chat with friends, there will be no lane ropes for these sessions and the depth will be 1.4m. or those who want a more challenging swim - continuous swimming in lanes with water 2m deep. The instructed lane swim is for those who who can swim but would like to improve their fitness and technique in water 2m deep (you should be able to swim 100m continuously.)
- Lane swim - 7.00pm-7.55pm (Lanes 1-4)
- Instructed lane swim - 8.00pm-8.55pm (Lanes 1-4)
- Lane swim - 9pm-10.30pm (Lanes 1-4)
- Casual swim - 9.00pm-10.30pm (Lanes 5-8)
Get the basics of using a rowing machine before moving onto sprints and relays. You can then test yourself with some high-intensity interval workouts.
- 8.30pm-9.30pm (Squash courts 1 and 2)
Start with some technique based work before having the opportunity to try some sparring.
- 7.00pm-8.00pm (Sports Hall 1 (Court 1 and 2)
Learn the basics and skills before some play-based practice leading into a game.
- 9.00pm-10.30pm (Sports Hall 1)
Learn the basics of rugby before trying out some Touch Rugby and Rugby Rounders.
- 8.00pm-9.00pm (Sports Hall 2)
Frequently asked questions
To attend Girls’ Night, you will need to purchase a ticket, regardless of whether you have a Ravelin Sports Centre membership or not. This event will provide you with a whole range of activities to take part in that are not included in our membership offering.
Buying a ticket won’t guarantee your place on all the sessions you wish to attend. You can book sessions on the UOP Sport app under the ‘Girls’ Night’ tile in the News and Events section. Bookings will be available from Friday 20 January.
When looking at our own customer base, the university, and global trends, it’s clear to see that significantly more males are active and exercise regularly compared to females. We want to make sure that more women and girls feel empowered to make the first step in exercising more frequently. By running this event, we hope we are able to help women and girls feel more confident about trying something new. We have made sure that we chose a time when the centre isn’t generally very busy and we hope that we have given you enough time to make alternative plans.
You do not need to be available for the full duration of the event in order to attend, you can choose to attend one or two sessions or more, the choice is yours!
We will provide all of the equipment needed to take part in the sessions. You just need to bring yourself and something comfortable to exercise in. Don’t forget your swim costume and towel if you’re going swimming or doing an aqua class!
Make sure that you wear clothes that are comfortable and are suitable for the activities you have booked to take part in.
Of course! If anything, this is the perfect opportunity for you to come and familiarise yourself with the centre and try something new, it doesn’t matter if you’re not the best at the start, part of the reward will be seeing your improvement. Our gym instructors will be on hand to help - or just ask someone else.
The main purpose of our events are to get people to engage in sport and physical activity, this one is designed specifically for females. If there came a time where men and boys were not participating in sport as readily as they currently are, we would look to run an event like this in the future.
Yes, whether you go to a local or college, or if you’re a student at another university, you are more than welcome to come along.
This is the first time we are running an event of this type, so we have restricted who can attend to ensure that the number of attendees is manageable. We will look to open up events like this to members of the public in the future.