Womens Sport

Women's Sport: Not Just for Women

Alexandra Kyrke-Smith | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Sport
Alexandra Kyrke-Smith

Whilst other sponsors are beginning to follow suit (Kia Motors made history with a stand-alone sponsorship of England women's cricket in 2014), the potential for growth and investment remains huge. The general public, both male and female, are increasingly seeing the value in women's sport. Now it's for the media, rights holders and sponsors to ensure they are doing the same.

Why 'Understanding Women's Lives' Is Key to Getting More Women Playing Sport

Ruth Holdaway | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK Sport
Ruth Holdaway

Like so many people around the country, my jaw dropped when I saw Jess Ennis-Hill steam through the finish line of the 800m in her final heptathlon ev...

The Brutality and Glory of Women's Sport

Dr Hannah Macleod | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Sport
Dr Hannah Macleod

In a sports team, judgments move away from how popular you are and what you look like to how hard you are willing to work and how much you contribute. I felt I had finally found my 'gang' and found a supportive environment where I could be me and develop confidence and self-worth.

What Doing Group Sport Has Taught Me About Women's Bodies

Poorna Bell | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

Every Tuesday, I go to a grotty old man's gym tucked underneath a railway bridge for a boxing class. It's gruelling. Most of us are there because it's an unrelenting class that makes us toned, strong and gives us a really positive sense of empowerment. Oh, and beating the living crap out of a boxing bag can be extremely therapeutic. But as I looked around at the women in my class, sweat pouring down my face, thinking murderous thoughts about our Bulgarian trainer bellowing the words 'press up tuck jump burpee!', I had a revelation about body image and assumptions.

Heading to Rio

Georgie Twigg | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK Sport
Georgie Twigg

Ecstatic and a little bit tired. That covered my feelings on the plane home from Valencia after the GB women's hockey team had won a gold medal in the World League semi-finals AND - more significantly qualified for the Olympics in Rio...

Brilliant World Cup Is Just the Start for the Growth of Women's Football

Chris Deeley | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Sport
Chris Deeley

The greater football community has to stop treating the women's game as some fringe interest and actually give it the respect it deserves. The one legitimate criticism that could be levelled at this year's World Cup is that the standard of refereeing was abominable - but is that any kind of surprise?

How I Grew to Love Women's Football

Danielle Lowe | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

During the whole competition I only missed two games and that was either because of not wanting to multi-screen matches or not having the staying power until 5am. I covered the games not just on twitter but in a national newspaper as well and it was incredibly satisfying.

Women in Sport

Kate Richardson-Walsh | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Sport
Kate Richardson-Walsh

It's a 'Catch 22' cycle we live in, as sportswomen, and in order to break the cycle something, somewhere, must change. Change is in the air, there are some big players getting behind women's sport to elevate it alongside their male counterparts.

Coming First

Ruth Holdaway | Posted 13.06.2015 | UK Sport
Ruth Holdaway

Being first does make you a winner - and this weekend, on Boat Races day, there are many winners - Oxford, Newton, Helena, the BBC, equality, the list goes on. The question now is who will be the next big pioneer? Women's sport is waiting for you...

For the Future of Women's Sport, We Need Collaboration

Ruth Holdaway | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Sport
Ruth Holdaway

If I get my job right, one day the Women's Sport and Fitness Foundation won't need to exist, because we'll have achieved full gender equity for the sector. That day isn't here yet, but we're working towards it and the partnerships and collaborations we form will help us get there.

Why WSFF Is Saying Yes to Success

Ruth Holdaway | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Sport
Ruth Holdaway

On International Women's Day, the sun warmed the streets of London for the first time in months; the perfect day then to make my first visit to the Olympic Park since those halcyon days of 2012. Little did I know, I was about to relive the magic.

India's First Female Fight Club

Mary Kom | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Sport
Mary Kom

Last week I came to London to announce that a long held dream of mine is coming true. In partnership with Vodafone, I'm going to share self-defence techniques and tips with women throughout India. We'll teach women mental and physical skills that will improve their self-confidence and help them defend themselves.

The Vile Abuse of Beth Tweddle Highlights the Unacceptable and Offensive Attitudes Faced By Women in the Public Eye

Vicky Gomersall | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Sport
Vicky Gomersall

On Tuesday, Beth Tweddle joined me on Sportswomen, a weekly show I present on Sky Sports News' about women in sport. What immediately followed her appearance in the studio, absolutely shocked and sickened me and my colleagues at Sky Sports, along with many other people... Change in attitudes won't happen overnight but we have to keep standing up for what we believe in. We owe it to women like Beth who have worked so hard to achieve success. And we owe it to the women, like those Rimla works with, who are discovering the positive impact that sport can have on their lives.

Women, Sport and the Future

Alexandra Chalat | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Sport
Alexandra Chalat

When we think of 'women and sport' - in the empowerment sense - many of us think of participation: how can we get more girls and women playing sport, utilising sport, using it as an opportunity to succeed? Gender equality in sport is important - that's a fact - and valiant efforts are going towards getting women's sport more coverage, more attention, and securing more resources towards providing opportunities for girls and young women to get access to sport.

Don't Give Our Ladies the Bird...

Joff Thompson | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK Sport
Joff Thompson

The dismissal that women's football is meaningless and a waste of time. It makes me laugh because this label is often applied by men with personalities even less developed than Calvin Harris, who involve themselves in Sunday league football that is so far down the football pyramid that you need a Time Team dig to find it.

Ten Years of Teamwork: Growing the Grassroots Game

Sir Geoff Hurst | Posted 25.05.2013 | UK Sport
Sir Geoff Hurst

The popularity of the women's game has grown remarkably over the past 10 years, demonstrating a change in attitude and culture around the female version of the game. This is backed up by findings revealed this month that shows the number of registered girls' football teams has grown in the past decade by 15% in England.

Women In Sport: An Even Playing Field?

Katie Simmonds | Posted 23.01.2013 | UK Sport
Katie Simmonds

The power of female athletes to draw audiences in London 2012 highlights the appetite for women's sport. However, the current lack of coverage is creating a glass ceiling effect. The lack of exposure on the playing field is reflected in the boardroom with few women in senior positions at sports clubs and governing bodies.

Roller Derby: The Next Olympics Sport For Women?

The Huffington Post | Posted 03.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Find out why Phoebe from The Flick.com wants is wants to see a 'Rollympics'.....

Where Are the Male Rhythmic Gymnasts?

Milena Popova | Posted 10.10.2012 | UK Sport
Milena Popova

Yet if we want true equality, we need to challenge the dinosaurs of sport such as the International Gymnastics Federation, to treat both genders equally across different variations in the sport and to encourage participation from all.