“There is a significant gender gap, with two million more men than women exercising or playing sport regularly. I believe we can tackle this gap, because our research shows that 75% of women would like to do more.” Sport England CEO Jennie Price
- Chaired by: Dr. Leanne Norman, Reader in Sport Coaching, Leeds Beckett University
- Guest of Honour: Kate Louise Richardson-Walsh, OBE OLY, Olympic Gold and Bronze Medal winning English field hockey player
- Joanna Adams, CEO, England Netball
- Dame Heather Rabbatts, Former FA Director
- Vivienne Aiyela, Non-Executive Director, London Football Association
- Hannah Corne, Director, Mini Mermaid Running Club
- Kate Dale, Strategic Lead for Campaigns, Sport England
- Lynsey Douglass, Women’s Sport Global Lead, Nielsen Sports
- Dr Jacky Forsyth, Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology, Staffordshire University
- Laura Hoggins, Fitness Coach, Personal Trainer, Speaker and Presenter, Lifted Fitness
- Dean Horridge, Founder – CEO, Fit for Sport
- Gavin Makel, Head of Women’s Football, Manchester City Football Club
- Tammy Parlour, Co-Founder & Joint CEO, Women’s Sport Trust
- Lisa Parfitt, Managing Director, Synergy Global
- Lisa Pearce MBE, Chief Executive, British Wheelchair Basketball
- Amna Rafiq, Community Engagement Officer, Leicestershire County Cricket Club
- Dr Barbara Walsh, Director Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition, Liverpool John Moores University
In September, the FIFA report found that women's football clubs had spent £375,000 on international transfers in 2018, compared with £5.4bn in the men's game.
At the same time, 0.4% of the total commercial investment in sport goes into women’s sport, and women are still facing discrimination in leadership roles,
so the challenge of overcoming the barrier that prevent women and girls from enjoying the benefits of sport continues.
Westminster Insight’s forum will consider the outlook for Women in Sport 2019 by bringing together those that actively promote gender equality
within the industry. Our event will look into empowering girls
from a young age, encouraging the participation of sport at all ages, and equipping emerging talents with leadership roles.
The day will be all about getting the inactive, active.
You will also unpack how grassroots activity has helped drive the commercialisation of women’s sport
and discuss how to continue raising awareness, further contributing to overcoming the stigma
of women in sport.