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Mini mermaid running club

6:02am 2nd February 2018
(Updated 9:13am 2nd February 2018)

A Harrogate running club is aiming to boost the confidence of girls and now wants to expand across North Yorkshire.

Mini Mermaid Running Club currently helps girls of primary school age in Harrogate and London, but is hoping to expand across North Yorkshire.

Sport is used to help the youngsters develop their mental health and well-being through a programme lead by trained staff and volunteers. 

Hannah Corne from the group says they need more volunteers to expand:

The programme runs once a week for 8 weeks. 

Schools are being urged to jump on board with it. 

Youngsters involved in Mini Mermaid Running Club ultimately train for a local 5km movement; in Harrogate the town's Park Run is used. 

"They don't have to run it, that's the point,  they can run walk, hop, skip, jump, we've had cartwheels, it's about getting round and celebrating themselves" added Hannah. 

Mini mermaid running club

Mini mermaid running club

During the programme, girls work in small groups of 10 to learn self-compassion through the use of two characters, Mini Mermaid and Siren.

They both represent the two voices heard in people's heads.

Mini Mermaid is the positive, self-affirming voice. 

Siren is a voice that exclaims they're not good enough. 

"Learning the difference between the two characters leads to mindfulness which creates greater self-compassion and empathy." - Mini Mermaids Running Club UK.

‚ÄčThe programme is also set to teach girls to love themselves and their bodies, no matter their size, shape or ability. 

It is shaped around a theme each week, with topics ranging from food to emotions. 

According to statistics, Hannah explained that 96% of 14 year-old-girls don't take part in physical activity and by the age of 9, a girl's self-confidence peaks and that directly correlates with the level of physical activity they're doing; they start to not want to move their bodies because they're ashamed. 

The programme is set to show them that any activity is really important. 

Hannah eventually wants to create a programme for boys too. 

For more information visit:  http://www.minimermaiduk.com/

Mini mermaid running club

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