Women’s Sport Week returns between 19- 25 June, to celebrate a fantastic summer packed of elite women’s sport.
The event is a national awareness week providing an opportunity for everybody involved with playing, delivering, working in, volunteering or watching sport to celebrate, raise awareness, generate debate and increase the profile of women’s sport across the UK.
Launched in June 2015, Women’s Sport Week is an initiative of the Department for Culture, Media & Sport supported by the wider sport industry. The overall aim is to get more women and girls physically active and playing sport and for everyone to enjoy, engage and experience sport.
This year several international women’s sporting events will be taking place, including the Women’s Cricket, Rugby World Cups, and the Women’s European Football and Hockey championships, ensuring 2017 is set to be one of the greatest years yet for elite women’s sport.
According to Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport: “Women’s Sport Week is a fantastic campaign that encourages more women to try out a new sport or physical activity and celebrates the amazing achievements of our female athletes, coaches and volunteers.”
This year’s campaign will build on the momentum of last year’s successful Women’s Sport Week in October 2016. It is hoped that the campaign will generate debate and encourage people to show their support, in order to help more women and girls reach their full potential through sport.
This week the ICC Women’s World Cup begins in England and Wales and there will be a ten-fold increase in the prize money pot, up from £200,000 to £2m.
Clare Connor, chair of the ICC women’s committee, said there was a commitment by the ICC to pay equal prize money by 2032. Regarding the increased prize money for the upcoming Women’s World Cup, she added: “The most important thing is, it gives recognition and a really strong message where the women’s game is globally now – the appetite to watch it, broadcast it and for more and more players to aspire to play at the top level.
Mark Sampson, manager of the England women’s national football team, said: “With our partners, we want to reach out to the whole community – women and men, girls and boys – and encourage everyone to join in, take part and enjoy this fantastic summer of women’s sport.”
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