33 episodes

The Women in Sport podcast brings together insight, advice and expertise from across the sector to discuss the issues and topics you think are important and affecting women and girls in the UK.

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The Women in Sport Podcast The Women in Sport Podcast

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The Women in Sport podcast brings together insight, advice and expertise from across the sector to discuss the issues and topics you think are important and affecting women and girls in the UK.

Join the conversation on social media and follow us @womeninsport_uk

Donate to Women in Sport online. (https://www.womeninsport.org/get-involved/make-a-donation/)

    The Dream Deficit: Why fewer girls than boys dream of being a top athlete

    The Dream Deficit: Why fewer girls than boys dream of being a top athlete

    Two years ago we discovered half as many girls as boys dream of reaching the top of sport - a gap we coined the 'Dream Deficit.'

    2022 has put women's sport centre stage. The success of the Lionesses at the Euros was momentous, the passion, talent and positive team dynamic on display was incredible to watch. It was closely followed by a raft of brilliant performances at the Commonwealth Games.

    But has the inspirational summer we've had done anything to shift the dial? Can girls now see a place at the top of sport for them?

    To discuss the results of Women in Sport's latest 'Dream Deficit' survey I am joined by the charity's CEO Stephanie Hilborne and Hannah Dingley, Academy Manager at Forest Green Rovers.

    About Women in Sport

    Women in Sport was founded in 1984 and its vision is that no-one is excluded from the joy, fulfilment and lifelong benefits of sport and exercise. Recognising that gender stereotypes and institutional bias are holding women back in life and in sport, the charity’s purpose is to give every woman and girl the opportunity to take part and inspire her to do so. 

    Find out more about us here

    This episode is sponsored by CSM Live 

    • 45 min
    The Commonwealth Games legacy: Supporting the growth of parasport

    The Commonwealth Games legacy: Supporting the growth of parasport

    The 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham featured the largest integrated para sport programme in the competition’s history with 42 parasport events across eight sports, with over 350 athletes taking part.

    While the growth of parasport at elite level is fantastic, many disabled women and girls face a double discrimination when it comes to sport and exercise. 

    Now the excitement of the 2022 Games is over the focus has to be on what legacy it can achieve.  

    On this episode Sarah is joined by former Paralympic swimmer and BBC broadcaster Kate Grey and Emma Wiggs MBE who is a double Paralympic gold medal winner and ten-time World Champion para canoeist!

    We talk about: 





    How the Commonwealth Games has given parasport a stage and how that's inspired more girls into sport. 
    Why para sport must be able to grow as an event in its own right. 
    How media has changed the narrative around performance and disability. 
    How schools and coaches can foster a more inclusive environment for girls with a disability. 
    How we can all play a part in breaking down barriers to activity for disabled women and girls. 



    About Women in Sport

    Women in Sport was founded in 1984 and its vision is that no-one is excluded from the joy, fulfilment and lifelong benefits of sport and exercise. Recognising that gender stereotypes and institutional bias are holding women back in life and in sport, the charity’s purpose is to give every woman and girl the opportunity to take part and inspire her to do so. 



    Find out more about us here

    This episode is sponsored by CSM Live 

    • 33 min
    How Women Changed the World on Two Wheels

    How Women Changed the World on Two Wheels

    Throughout history the humble bicycle has helped women gain mobility, increased social and political freedom and brought countless hours of joy. Yet, barriers still preventing many women from getting in the saddle.

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    Harnessing the power of self-belief: How Victoria Evans became the fastest female to solo row the Atlantic

    Harnessing the power of self-belief: How Victoria Evans became the fastest female to solo row the Atlantic

    The incredible journey of Victoria Evans who broke the World Record for the fastest female to solo row the Atlantic Ocean, just three years after learning to row.

    • 49 min
    Daughters and Dads: Empowering Change

    Daughters and Dads: Empowering Change

    Gender stereotypes start at birth. For girls, this can lead to a decline in self-belief from as young as 7 years old. Dads/father figures can play a key role in helping their daughters develop confidence and resilience, but many dads, often unconsciously, place more emphasis on their son's sporting activities. Our research shows that 31% of girls feel supported by their dad, compared to 50% of boys. 

    The Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered is a free physical activity and education programme for young girls (5-11) and their fathers/father figures who want to be more active together.




    Women in Sport delivered the programme in partnership with the EFL Trust, Fatherhood Institute and University of Newcastle (Australia) through funding from Sport England and the National Lottery Fund. 

    Over the last 3 years we've helped more than 400 girls, dads/father figures to be more active. The programme also saw girls grow in confidence and self-belief. 

    In this episode we talk to: 





    Professor Philip Morgan – founder of Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered at the University of Newcastle in Australia 
    Lee Warren – Daughter and Dads project lead at Women in Sport
    Lucy Ridgway – Girls and Women's Officer at Stoke City Community Trust 
    Jodie Foxhall-Brown  – Stoke City Women's footballer 



    We discuss why rough and tumble play is just as important for girls as it is for boys, how dads can play a key part in helping their daughters develop vital movement skills and how the programme helps dads become allies for change.

    For more information about Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered click here

    Donate to Women in Sport

    • 44 min
    The Lost 43% - The Teenage Girls Falling out of Love with Sport

    The Lost 43% - The Teenage Girls Falling out of Love with Sport

    For International Women's Day 2022, Women in Sport has released new research which found that more than one million teenage girls (43%), who once considered themselves ‘sporty’, disengage from sport following primary school. 

    A fear of feeling judged by others, lack of confidence, pressures of schoolwork and not feeling safe outside were some of the reasons given for not wanting to participate for this group of girls. Body image and puberty are also significant factors. 

    The need to engage girls in more active lifestyles has never been more urgent. This generation of teenage girls are experiencing worrying mental health issues and report being less happy, more anxious and increasingly dissatisfied with their appearance. 



    So, what can be done to bring back the joy to the lives of teenage girls? 




    To discuss this and to look at how we can stop teenagers from feeling and being side lined we’re joined by Tanya Martin, Insight Manager at Women in Sport, Alison Oliver, CEO at Youth Sport Trust, Paul McPartlan CEO of Places Leisure and Shruti Saujani, Senior Manager for Cities & Volunteers at the England and Wales Cricket Board.

    Thank you to our podcast sponsor CSM Live

    The report Reframing Sport For Teenage Girls - Tackling Teenage Disengagement is funded by Sport England.

    For more information on Women in Sport head to:
    www.womeninsport.org

    • 40 min

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