If revolution is too strong a word, then transformation might be the best way to describe what is happening in women’s sport at the moment – and two new major initiatives are set to give women’s sport another huge boost.
KUDOS – Proud to Champion Women’s Sport
We’re proud that a significant amount of the kit that we supply – around half – goes to women. Netball, hockey, archery, football, cricket, athletics and running, gymnastics and tennis are just some of the sports where clubs around the UK – and overseas – feature women playing sport on a regular basis and partnering with KUDOS.
And it’s a massive summer for women’s sport. The Women’s World Cup (football) takes place in France, with Phil Neville’s squad among the favourites. The Netball World Cup will be held in Liverpool in July, the Women’s Ashes the same month, while England have already won the Women’s Six Nations in rugby.
Telegraph Women’s Sport
So while attendance records in women’s hockey, cricket and football are being broken all over the place, it is heartening to see the women’s sport movement not resting on its laurels. To their great credit, The Daily Telegraph has announced Telegraph Women’s Sport. Anna Kessel – the founder of Women in Football, has become the paper’s first ever women’s sport editor, and it will devote regular pages and column inches to women’s sport, with a host of new columnists.
It has also produced a manifesto for women’s sport, that will:
- Address the under-representation of women’s sport through increased editorial coverage in digital and print media
- Celebrate women’s sport through the introduction of standalone channels, dedicated products and the integration of content into existing Telegraph sections
- Campaign on key issues to inspire women’s participation in sport from the grass roots to elite level, and hold to account those responsible for its development and organisation
- Grow audiences by investing in specialist women’s sport journalists and encouraging more female byline
- Develop the TWS brand to maximise its appeal with readers and sponsors alike, and offer multiple opportunities for interaction and collaboration
Change the Game
Hot on the heels of this pioneering move is the BBC and its Change the Game campaign – a new comprehensive line up of women’s sport this summer with live coverage galore, documentaries, podcasts and online features
Change The Game will broadcast the following:
- The Women’s FA Cup Final
- FIFA Women’s World Cup
- Netball World Cup
- The Championships
- Women’s Ashes
- World Athletics Championships
Meanwhile, talkSPORT has announced it has won the rights to broadcast the FIFA Women’s World Cup on the radio, with every England game, every Scotland game, the semi-finals and the final all broadcast live. Just a matter of a few years ago, this would have been completely unimaginable.
This transformation of women’s sport, and in particular its visibility, is long overdue but hugely welcomed. It goes without saying that such visibility, such exposure, can only have positive ramifications for grassroots participation, and as a result, the health and well-being of a nation. Sport is not and never has been the sole preserve of men, and it is wonderful to see the continued growth of women’s sport.
But there is more still to be done – and KUDOS is keen to look ahead, to partner with even more women’s teams and clubs, for we are proud to champion women’s sport and work with as many women in sport as we do – women who are redefining that well-worn, outdated rubbish about what playing sport ‘like a girl’ really means.
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