WOMEN from across Furness have got stuck in to support a campaign promoting females in sports.

A number of Barrow sports groups including Walney Windcheaters and Furness Firecrackers have taken part in a promotional film organised by Cumbrian Girls Can.

Cumbrian Girls Can is a community-led initiative to support and inspire more women in Cumbria to be active.

The group have worked with One Little Bird PR to make a series of short online films to inspire and empower women in Cumbria to become more active.

One three minute film is aimed at women in Cumbria encouraging them to become more active without fear of judgement and there is also a longer ten minute film.

It shares the key messages from the research conducted by Cumbrian Girls Can over the last two years through the stories of Cumbrian women who have reaped benefits from being active.

Among those women was Annika Saltiga, a 16-year-old girl from Barrow who now trains at Barrow Amateur Boxing Club.

Emma Broadbent, community development officer for Cumbria County Council, who helped get some of the Barrow groups involved in the project, spoke about Annika and the videos produced by Cumbrian Girls Can.

She said: “Annika has blossomed at the boxing club and is now a great example for local girls.

“It’s been great to see her become a role model.

“I think the project is fantastic and I think all the women come across so well.

“It makes you proud to be a woman.”

Katie Harper, volunteer founder of Cumbrian Girls Can, said: “These films truly are awe-inspiring.

“They show women taking part in a huge breadth of different activities across Cumbria.

“We commissioned them to raise the profile of active women doing their thing.

“We also wanted them to be real so women in the county can relate to them.

“The end products have totally blown me away.

“I’m excited for more women in Cumbria to watch them.”

Anyone interested in watching the films can do so at www.cumbriangirlscan.co.uk/our-films/