Covid-19: A message from Women in Sport CEO Stephanie Hilborne

March 2020

A message from Stephanie Hilborne OBE, Chief Executive of Women in Sport:

“The Women in Sport team has been working remotely since 12 March but is very much still active and available via the info and support email addresses.

“This is a difficult and challenging time for us all, but all the more so for those most directly affected personally or economically.  The videos of workouts on the balconies of Milan that are circulating on social media illustrate how important it is that we make efforts to keep mentally and physically well and stay active during a time when we’re spending more time at home.  Wherever possible we hope you can find somewhere to exercise outside, away from others but ideally with your inner circle of people who you are able to keep seeing at this time, whether that’s family or flatmates.  Spring is a beautiful time of year and nature is a great antidote to stress, so why not read some tips from The Wildlife Trusts here about how to connect to nature at this time.

The impacts of this crisis will unfortunately land disproportionately on women. With vulnerable people worried and advised to stay in, schools closing and zero-hours contracts women will be hit hard, as we make up the majority of care-givers whether to elderly parents, disabled relatives or children and over half of those on zero hours contracts.  It would be all too easy to keep prioritising everyone else’s needs above your own.  But it is vital for women, and for those dependent on them, that they are fit mentally, emotionally and physically.  Of course family and following health guidelines come first but do try to fit some precious minutes of exercise in to your new routine.”