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.
Whilst I'm not a fan of positive discrimination, women's sport needs a platform to highlight its achievements and to encourage change. The recipients of next week's awards are the trailblazers that will get us there. Maybe in the future we won't need women's only sport awards, but right now without it some of
There are plenty of utterly brilliant women's footballers out there. It's now about raising the overall standard and ensuring that the best female footballers in the country don't have to balance their commitment to their sport with full or part time work elsewhere. They all need the time and the financial security to be able to focus on their game. The men at the top of football get this, so why don't the women?
Boat Race day has become a day to savour and I always, without fail and with a loyalty I cannot explain, support Oxford. A graduate of Birmingham University and with a family connection to Cambridge, I have no idea why it's the dark blues that I cheer on enthusiastically every year, but I do, and it will never change.
On 30 June, the FA announced that Doncaster Belles had been unsuccessful in their appeal to remain in the Women's Super League (WSL). he appeal was made following the FA's decision back in April, after just one game of the current season, that Doncaster Belles would play in the second tier of the WSL when it expands to two divisions in 2014 .
Comparing boys football to girls in terms of quality is unfair. Girls' football is growing fast but there's so many more boys playing the game. In our league alone, there are 79 teams and around 1,200 boys. The equivalent girls' league is tiny in comparison. There are very good girl players, but there's a lot fewer of them.