Workshop to inspire women in sport goes on tour
Following a historic Olympic Games for Team GB, Women in Sport have created a workshop using insight and research to empower and equip even more people to transform sport for the benefit of every woman and girl in the UK, beyond Rio.
Women in Sport’s Insight On Tour events share learning from recent insights and explore, with partners including Leeds Beckett, how to best action these findings. The three-hour interactive sessions will be taken ‘On Tour’ around the country with the aim of reaching new audiences and making their insight more accessible.
Dr Norman explained: “Following a successful Olympic games in Rio for Team GB's female athletes, the Insights tour aims to disseminate the latest insights and research on the topic of women's representation in sport across multiple UK locations. Given our School of Sport's expertise in gender equality in sport and coaching, the partnership between Leeds Beckett, led by myself, and Women in Sport is a fantastic opportunity to showcase not only the research being carried out in this area but also how it is impacting 'on the ground' issues. Now is a crucial time to capitalise on the success of Team GB and our female athletes and coaches by ensuring organisations, groups, providers and governing bodies prioritise women's increasing participation in sport and that these efforts are insight-led.”
Dr Norman will open the workshops with Women in Sport and offer her research expertise throughout each event.
Women in Sport’s Senior Partnerships Manager, Jenni Platt, believes now is an opportune moment for the sports sector to re-assess its offering to women and girls. She added: “Rio 2016 has gripped the whole of the UK with demonstrations of inspiring skill and sporting excellence, alongside moments of grit and determination. Team GB’s performance, across so many disciplines, has inspired millions.”
“A real highlight has been the exposure of women’s sport to the masses. We want to capitalise on this, by supporting partners, sports providers, individuals and groups to ensure their plans to capitalise are insight-led. We know, now more than ever, women and girls across the UK want to get active and enjoy the benefits of sport. These range of events are attune to that opportunity and provide unique expertise to ensure a sustainable and long-term legacy.”
The workshops will focus on ‘leveraging influencers and role models for the benefit of women and girls in sport’. Discussions will centre on Women in Sports’ ‘What Sways Women to Play Sport? (2015)’ research and will explore how this can be used to change sporting behaviours locally. The workshops will be a mixture of round table discussions, case studies and presentation from Women in Sport with plenty of time for delegates to network.
The workshops are aimed at members of the Women in Sport network and beyond: including national governing bodies, coaches and leaders within sport, sporting organisations, groups, providers and charities with an interest in understanding the latest issues impacting women's participation in sport.
The details of the workshops are: Wednesday 28 September, 1-4pm, Nottingham’s Harvey Hadden Sports Centre; Thursday 20 October, 1-4pm at Leeds Beckett University; a date to be confirmed at the end of January 2017 in Devon; and a date to be confirmed at the end of March 2017 in Suffolk.
Tickets are £45 each however an early bird offer of £35 is available for all tickets booked on or before Friday 9 September.
Women in Sport exist to transform sport for the benefit of every woman and girl in the UK. By drawing on unique insight, they champion the right of every woman and girl in the UK to take part in, and benefit from, sport: from the field of play to the boardroom, from early years and throughout her life.