Women’s Sport Week is an opportunity for everybody involved with playing, delivering, leading or working in sport to celebrate, raise awareness and increase the profile of women’s sport across the UK.
Women’s Sport Week 2016 will take place from Monday 3rd – Sunday 9th October, with activities taking place across the UK to raise awareness of opportunities for all women, regardless of background, ethnicity and ability, to participate in sport.
The aims of the week are to:
- Improve the media profile of women’s sport and female athletes
- Raise awareness of inclusive opportunities for women and girls to take part in sport
- Encourage women’s representation in sport leadership and workforce
If you would like to get involved in Women’s Sport Week and be the first to hear about the plans and activities taking place please register here.
If you or your organisation have your own activities planned already, we’d love to hear them so please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the conversation on social media to by using #WSW16
Meanwhile, see highlights from the inaugural Women’s Sport Week 2015 below.
Women in Sport
Ruth Holdaway, Chief Executive of Women in Sport
“Women’s Sport Week proved a hugely successful campaign last year and we now have a fantastic opportunity to build further public interest and celebrate the important contributions that women make in sport. With our partners, we can reach out to the whole community – women and men, girls and boys, those who are already passionate supporters of women’s sport and those who have yet to discover how brilliant it can be. We hope many more people will learn about opportunities for women in sport, champion our work and join in.”
Andy Cairns, Executive Editor of Sky Sports News
“Women’s Sport Week is an important event in the sporting calendar and there will be plenty for viewers to look forward to on Sky Sports News. Last year we led the way with stories every hour through the week, and will be doing even more this year: on Sportswomen and across our digital outlets we’ll have interviews with leading names, in depth features, inspiring stories, polls, and analysis of the news and stories that shape the world of women’s sport. From grass roots to elite level there will be something for everyone to enjoy.”
Shelley Alexander, Editorial lead on Women’s Sport for the BBC:
“BBC Sport were delighted to win the #BeAGameChanger ‘Media Initiative of the Year’ award for their Women’s Sport Week 2015 coverage – and we are now looking forward to contributing to the success of #WSW16. This is a wonderful opportunity for the BBC to encourage more women and girls to take up sport through inspiring stories; interrogate women’s sport through original journalism to ensure our sportswomen have a level playing field and celebrate how sport empowers all women.”
Tanya Joseph, Sport England’s Director of Business Partnerships:
“This Girl Can’s success proves that a behavioural change campaign can have a meaningful impact if it’s prepared to tackle issues head on. Women’s Sport Week offers a great opportunity for the sector to challenge itself to question what it is doing to make sport, both elite and grassroots, as accessible and welcoming as possible. While thankfully attitudes to women in sport are changing for the better, now is not the time for complacency, we must continue to strive for change.”
Department of Culture, Media and Sport
Minister for Sport David Evennett:
“Women’s Sport Week highlights the fantastic contribution women have made to sport and celebrates their achievements, from the grass roots to the elite.
“We’ve already seen over 260,000 more women playing sport regularly this year and Women’s Sport Week will help encourage more women to get out there and be active.”
Annamarie Phelps, Chair of British Rowing:
“Women’s Sport Week will be an inclusive celebration of the impact women have at all levels in sport, from the Olympic and Paralympic podium to the local sports club. It is a great opportunity to celebrate woman already involved in sport and to welcome new people into our communities.”