What comes to mind when you hear the word sport? It may be one of the professional sports teams you support, big events you look forward to watching, or the last sport you played. It probably will not include disability sport. For us disability sport matters, and should be at the forefront of priorities for sports policymakers and sports clubs as we ease out of lockdown and beyond.
We are witnessing a new age in regard of media coverage of women’s sport in the UK (Petty and Pope (2019), based on 2015 data).
As debates regarding transgender athletes continue apace this week it is clear that multiple gender inequalities in sport persist.
We all know we need to recruit people on a skills basis and provide the diversity of thought and appropriate challenge to help sporting organisations innovate and stay ahead of the pack.
In 2017, the year I became the first black female Non-Executive Director of Football in the 138 years in County Football didn’t come by accident. Last year, I was described by Moya Dodd (former FIFA council member) as a “strong, articulate role model and pioneer in Diversity and Inclusion in football”.
This is the future, I thought, as I said my goodbyes to Chris Ramsey and Manisha Tailor at the Kick It Out 25th Anniversary dinner last week.
This International Women’s Day I’m preparing for an international adventure of my own. In May I will leave Women in Sport, after five and a half wonderful (and challenging!) years, for a new role as CEO of Tennis Victoria, in Australia.
Despite half of the world’s population being female, that figure doesn’t translate into 50% of positions of power being held by women globally.
What does the word ‘balance’ mean to you; what phrases or images does it conjure up? Stability? Equality? Proportion? Fairness? What does balance mean for you in the context of International Women’s Day (IWD) 2019? #BalanceforBetter is the theme for this year’s IWD.
- Active Lifestyles
- Anti Doping
- Applied Obesity
- Carnegie Great Outdoors
- Clean Sport
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
- Human Performance
- International Women's Day
- Mental Health
- Outdoor Education
- Physical Activity and Health
- Physical Education
- Sports Broadcasting
- Sports Coaching
- Strength and Conditioning
- Student Experience
- Student Support
- Women's Football
- World Cup 2018