Here’s a short list of some of the projects and organisations working to forward the women’s sport agenda.
- The Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation (WSFF) is a UK charity that campaigns to make physical activity an everyday part of life for women and girls. Their aim is to create a nation of active women.
- The Anita White Foundation, based at the University of Chichester, provide a central point of reference for scholars and activists in the worldwide women and sport movement and to support the education and development of women leaders from developing countries.
- Us Girls - helping to increase physical activity amongst young women and girls aged 16 – 25 in disadvantaged areas.
- Females Achieving Brilliance offers personal development opportunities.
- The Sunday Times sportswomen of the year awards.
- UK Sport has a developed a number of initiatives to support the role of women in sport and to address any gaps in all aspects of sport – whether as an athlete, coach or administrator.
- The Women’s Sport Foundation is an American organisation founded in 1974 by tennis legend, Billie Jean King.
- Clare Balding is doing a lot to promote women’s sport. Read this article that appeared in Stylist magazine.
…women’s sport news, reviews, interviews and events.
- Sportsister is a UK women’s sport magazine.
- Sports International Magazine is magazine about women’s sport around the world.
- The Sportist is a blog on women’s sport.
- SportChick is an online lifestyle sport magazine.
- Women’s Sport Net is a calendar of events.
- Women Sport Report is a global sports magazine.
- Women in Sport (WiS) magazine
- Sue Mott, BT Sport Women in Sport correspondent
- Sportswomen, Sky Sports
…some other funding/support opportunities.
- DKH Legacy Trust supports young people across the country through a range of personal development programmes including mentoring by world-class athletes.
- The Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) is a government funded programme representing a partnership between sports’ National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and Further and Higher Education institutions. To be eligible for a TASS award you must be nominated by your NGB.
- Access for Athletes — Challenged Athletes Foundation steps in where rehabilitation and health insurance end by providing funding grants for equipment such as sports wheelchairs, handcycles, mono skis and sports prosthetics, and resources for training and competition expenses directly to physically challenged individuals.
- Cash4Clubs was set up by Betfair and offers sports clubs in the UK the chance to win grants ranging from £250 to £1000. It’s a simple scheme aimed at giving community clubs a helping hand and provide the opportunity to raise the money they need to invest in their club.
- Peoples Postcode Trust funds for projects of up to six months in length, ranging from £500 up to £10,000 (£5,000 in Wales) to registered charities, community and voluntary groups, community interest companies and other not-for-profit organisations.
- Awards for All offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 for projects that improve communities, and the lives of people within them.
- Sports Coach UK produce a guide to funding opportunities in sport.
- Sport England provide some grant support for projects which address the most prominent barriers to participation in sport faced by women in disadvantaged communities or women caring for children under 16.
- SportsAid Awards are now given to young sportsmen and women who have shown that they have the talent and determination to succeed. These athletes are mostly between the ages of 12 and 18 and compete in around 75 different sports. All the athletes are chosen for SportsAid’s support by their sport’s governing body.
- Stylist joined forces with addidas to provide funding for readers’ sports teams and new talents set for sporting glory. “The awards will support your sports team and five women set to become household names”. Applications deadline was 12th December 2012. If you didn’t win an award in 2012 – keep your eyes open in case this opportunity is repeated.
…and some other useful links.
- England Women’s Rugby Player Ambassador Requests. Information on how to request a player appearance.