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Women’s Sport Week – A Thank You!

Women’s Sport Week – we made it! And it was brilliant.

Media, government, sport stars, participants, sports, commercial organisations: everybody really came together behind women’s sport, and the collective weight of support was seriously powerful.

There will be plenty of time to reflect on the way that supporters of Women’s Sport made their voices heard over the past week, and even more of an opportunity for them to do so over the next few months as the Women’s World Cup, FA Women’s Cup Final, Solheim Cup, Women’s Ashes, Netball World Cup and countless more women’s sport events take their deserved place in the spotlight.

For now, though, at Women in Sport we have a huge number of people and organisations to thank for their support in making the first ever Women’s Sport Week such a massive success.

First of all, the partners who came together with us to actually make Women’s Sport Week happen. The Department for Culture, Media & Sport, Sky Sports, BBC Sport, BBC Get Inspired, Sport England, NGBs across the country ranging from the big to the small, Annamarie Phelps of British Rowing and the British Paralympic Association and Rebecca Hopkins of ENS; the week simply wouldn’t have happened without such a massive collective effort. A huge amount of gratitude is also owed to the team at UK Sport for their support throughout the week and, particularly, for providing #EveryRoadToRio event tickets as competition prizes. The hundreds of entries we received throughout the week have really shown that people do want to be there to watch women’s sport.

This week was all about curating opinions, support and views from the whole world of sport – and without having some incredible people producing blogs and content for Women’s Sport Week, we wouldn’t have learned so many amazing things. So, from day one, thank you to Bianca Walkden, the Youth Sport Trust, Jayne Allen, Billie-Jean Franks, Catherine Baker, Emma Ross, the English Institute of Sport, Gary Neville, Sky Sports, John Scales, the Football Foundation, Liz Sinton, Karen Keohane, Us Girls, Street Games, Beth Partridge, Jo Tongue, Sam Barlow, Annamarie Phelps, British Rowing and Anna Edwards.

One of the most exciting parts of the week for us has been handing over our social media account for daily Q&As from across the sport sector. Mel Marshall, British Swimming, Michaela Tabb, Natalie Sawyer, Sky Sports, Karen Pickering and Liz Yelling have all been kind enough to give us an insight into some of the things we all wanted to know.

There’s also a massive thank you due to everyone who tweeted, entered competitions, emailed us, shared Women’s Sport Week, signed up to the Thunderclap and followed the work we’ve been doing. Keep in touch with what we’re up to in the coming months here, on social media and wherever else we turn up.

The only reason we’re able to continue championing the cause of women’s sport is through the generosity of our funders, donors and supporters, so a special thank you has to go to all of these organisations and individuals.

Don’t forget to keep supporting women’s sport, taking part, getting out there and being involved – and if you want to help us take women’s sport even further, why not consider donating to Women in Sport so we can make a bigger difference for women’s sport all year round? Find out more here