women's sport

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 decimated by the Covid crisis.

But just as the sport receives some welcome good news, there is a...

netball, women's sport,

Vitality Roses confirm New Zealand series this autumn

The Vitality Roses are set to travel to New Zealand in October to face world champions the Silver Ferns amidst a COVID-19 disrupted international season.

The three-Test Cadbury Netball Series, with the Taini Jamison Trophy on the line, will see the Vitality Roses step on court against the Silver Ferns for the first time since January 2020.

The series is due to take place at...

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

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

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...

Field Hockey - team huddle

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

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

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...

women's hockey

England Hockey responds to racism row

In recent months the spotlight has turned fully onto sports and the part they play in racial discrimination. From the racist chanting on the football terraces to the lack of diversity in many sporting association boardrooms, there is a growing awareness that some sports are as complicit in institutionalised racism as other areas of society.

It is something that hockey has already...

rugby, women's rugby, RFU

No date set for new Premier 15s season despite return to training

The Premier 15s clubs were given permission to return to training by the Rugby Football Union but no date has been announced for when the new season will start.

The 2019-20 campaign was cancelled in March but whilst the men's Premiership is set for a mid-August resumption there will be frustration over the lack of a timetable for the women's game.

Clubs can now resume Stage...

women's sport, gymnastics

More accusations of abuse for British Gymnastics as Tinkler speaks out again

Former gymnast Amy Tinkler has spoken out over the length of time it is taking British Gymnastics to investigate her allegations of abuse, telling how more potential victims have approached her with claims of similar complaints.

The Olympic medalist said in a statement on Twitter: "I've been contacted by girls and parents from the club and the gymnastics community who have told me of...

Football, women's football, women's sport

Reduced coronavirus crowds "an advantage" for women's sport

A leading government advisor on the return of competitive sport has suggested there could be a hidden bonus for women's sport if venues for men's matches have to stay at a reduced capacity for the entire 2020-21 season.

Professor James Calder - who chaired a working group with government and health officials on the return to sport - believes it is unlikely there will be large crowds...

tennis, women's tennis, women's sport

Konta to play in Murray's Battle of the Brits Team Tennis tournament

Johanna Konta has confirmed she will join Andy Murray in playing in brother Jamie's Battle of the Brits Team Tennis tournament in London next week.

The British No.1 will join fellow Fed Cup star Harriet Dart as well as Kyle Edmund as part of the British Bulldogs team.

The Murray brothers along with Heather Watson and Progress Tour Championships winner Katie Boulter will be...