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women's rugby, England sevens, Team GB

If you want to grow women's sport, let the fans back in

Congratulations to the Rugby Football Union for landing a major sponsor for the Premier 15s during these difficult times. The money coming in from insurance giant Allianz will help secure the sport at the elite level and replace funding for grassroots women and girls' rugby which has been...

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Football, women's football, women's sport, trans women's sport

Why it's time to address the divisive debate over female transgender athletes

Authored by Becky Thompson

The subject of transgender athletes competing in women’s sport is constantly debated by athletes, journalists and fans around the world. Whether you are pro-transgender inclusion in sport or against it, the debate has become divisive and is often filled with stereotypes and assumptions.

Many of the arguments against having female transgender athletes in sport are centred on the...

Football, women's football, women's sport

Dutch delight - why Wiegman's the right choice for England

Authored by Mike Bovill

The Football Association may have received 142 applications for the England job but, in reality, the choice came down to a straight shootout between two women - the coach who won the last World Cup or the opponent she beat in the final.

The fact The FA opted for the latter may seem counter-intuitive. Sarina Wiegman, though, is the right woman at the right time to lead the Lionesses...

Field Hockey - team huddle

Sky Sports debate the impact of COVID-19 on women's sport

Authored by Bethany Hushon

One thing this pandemic has highlighted is how women's sport has made strides over the years yet there are still barriers and restrictions - especially with many in society still having a socio-political outlook and negative perception. It is a reflection of education and culture, yet we can challenge these stigmatisms to create accessibility for all.

During the Sky Sports Main Event...

women's sport

“Sport is an amazing leveller" - the story of the Mintridge Foundation

Authored by Sarah Juggins

When Alex Wallace (née Paske) established the charity The Mintridge Foundation little did she expect that, just five years later, it would have the impact, reach and success that it has.

With 40 ambassadors, comprising elite athletes, Olympians and Paralympians, the Mintridge Foundation has touched the lives of more than 55,000 young people, via 285 courses and programmes, through...

Football, women's football, women's sport

Tackles, Tinseltown and Toddlers: inside the launch of Angel City

Authored by Mike Bovill

When the two-year-old daughter of the world's greatest-ever female tennis player is named as an investor in a new women's football team, you get a sense this isn't a normal club launch.

In fact, there's nothing normal about the birth of Angel City , the name of the investment group set up to form a new expansion team in the National Women's Soccer League.

Oscar-winning...

rugby, women's rugby, women's sport

Coronavirus and the campaign to close the "gender play gap"

Authored by Mike Bovill

There could be a hidden benefit to the country spending months in lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic as increased physical activity encourages women and girls to close the 'gender play gap'.

Sport England's Active Lives report on the nation's activity levels pre-coronavirus was already encouraging. More women than ever were exercising in the period between November 2018 and...

tennis, women's tennis, women's sport

Judy Murray: more women in boardrooms could have saved summer of sport

Authored by Mike Bovill

Judy Murray has lamented the lack of elite women's sport this summer in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, saying more women are needed in key decision-making positions to protect the recent rise in interest in professional female sport.

Speaking to the #NotGoingOutClub podcast, the former Team GB Fed Cup captain said the summer has been a setback. "It's a real shame because there...

Football, women's football, women's sport

Scandal of a summer without sport

Authored by Mike Bovill

At first, frankly, there were more important things going on. When the country shut down in March, the priority was to stay safe and stay at home. It didn't take long, though, for thoughts to return to sport. How would and when would normal life - or even the "new normal" - resume?

From the outset, there was an issue. Whilst the big leagues grappled with the difficulties of getting...

women's rugby, Harlequins Women

Welcome to Women's Sport Daily

Authored by Women's Sport Daily

Welcome to a new website dedicated solely to women’s sport. Women's Sport Daily will cover all female professional sport – from football, netball and cricket to tennis, golf and Olympic disciplines.

There will also be the chance to promote news about your school, club and local teams in a unique Community section, as well as exclusive interviews and columns from sporting stars and...