Leading charity Women in Sport, Sport England, National Governing Bodies, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and major broadcasters have announced the date for the UK’s second Women’s Sport Week. Starting on Monday 3rd October, the week will celebrate and showcase women’s sport at every level, from the grassroots to the elite, and will highlight the incredible contribution that women make to sport.
Building on the momentum from the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio this summer, the collective force behind Women’s Sport Week calls on everyone within the sports community and beyond to use this occasion to organise events, generate debate, and show their support to help women and girls reach their full potential through sport.
Women’s Sport Week will raise awareness of opportunities for women of all abilities and backgrounds to engage in sport, by taking part, volunteering and experiencing live sport, and to play an active role in sport leadership and workforce, from coaching to boardrooms, across the country. During the week, Sky Sports and The BBC will devote more broadcast time to celebrations of women’s sport, in a bid to improve sustained and consistent media profiling of female athletes and sports teams.
Women in Sport will be highlighting the importance of commercial investment in women’s sport through publication of its annual sponsorship audit, and will be launching a fundraising campaign to help transform sport for the benefit of every woman and girl in the UK. Sport England will be using the week to continue to drive home the benefits of the hugely successful This Girl Can campaign.