The Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation (WSFF) is pleased to see Sport England figures published today showing an increase in the number of women aged 16+ playing sport across the country.
The figures show that there are 144,300 more women taking part in sport now than there were prior to the Olympics and 52,500 more than this time last year. WSFF is proud to have played a part in supporting a wide range of sports including football, netball and cycling to ensure that they are readily available and easily accessible to women and girls.
Despite this encouraging trend, the work of WSFF is still critical in addressing the significant gender gap which exists in sports participation. The gap between men and women participating in sport has widened considerably since this time last year with over 1.9 million more men aged 16+ taking part in sport once a week. This gap demonstrates the importance of WSFF’s work, and that done by our partners, in transforming sport for the benefit of every woman and girl in the UK.
We are confident that within the right policy and delivery environment, women’s sport will grow and thrive. Now is the time to seize on the opportunity presented by events such as this summer’s Commonwealth Games to help push women’s sport further up the agenda and use its inspiration to increase women’s participation in sport.