Commenting on the release of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s Women and Sport report this morning (25 July 2014), Ruth Holdaway, Chief Executive of the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation, said:
“We welcome the publication of this report and its wide-ranging recommendations. We are particularly encouraged that the Committee have listened to evidence provided by the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation and reflected our suggestions throughout the report.
“The challenges for women’s sport are widely-reported and this document has taken a considered approach to both the issues and recommendations to encourage more women and girls to play sport, support women in viewing sport as a positive career choice and build an environment in which women’s sport is normalised through greater investment and media coverage.
“The recommendations within the report for a cross-departmental approach to sport is something that the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation has long called for and we are encouraged to see it supported in this manner. We now want to see this reflected in every party manifesto for the 2015 General Election so that work can begin now to ensure that women’s sport is given the means to act on the Committee’s recommendations.
“We are grateful to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee for their focus on women and sport and look forward to working with all key stakeholders in the implementation of its conclusions.”