Why provide opportunities for women and girls?.

Written by Natalie Doyle

September 15, 2023

A greyscale heart with a pink 'Why' printed on it

Ok this might seem like a strange title for a blog post but bear with me. For those of us involved in women’s and girls’ sport, we see that providing opportunities for women and girls is the right thing to do. Women and girls should have the same access to sporting opportunities as men and boys. Gender shouldn’t be a barrier to sports participation. We could go on. But what if some people need more persuading? Here are my top 5 reasons why you should provide opportunities for women and girls at your club:

  1. Increased income. Income from subscriptions, additional spending in the bar/clubhouse, plus the opportunity to apply for funding that is sometimes only offered to clubs who provide opportunities for boys and girls.
  2. Improved reputation. Nothing strengthens your reputation in the local community more than showing you are an inclusive club that provides opportunities for everyone. This in turn makes you more appealing to potential sponsors, and also to prospective players and volunteers.
  3. The possibility of more volunteers. Obviously, if you have more people involved in your club they then bring with them parents, grandparents, siblings that could be potential volunteers. They might have a set of skills or experience that you are currently lacking in your team of volunteers, and whose not desperate for more volunteers?!
  4. Women’s sport is exploding. As someone who works in, and watches, a lot of women’s sport, I can tell you it is one of the most exciting areas of sport to be involved in at the moment. Progress and growth is happening at an amazing rate across a multitude of sports. The opportunities for clubs at all levels are amazing. You don’t want to miss out.
  5. It’s the right thing to do! Ok, I’ve put this last but it’s obviously the most important one for me. Just because you are female, doesn’t mean you should be denied opportunities to enjoy the sport/s you love. Do your bit and get involved. Do the right thing and try and make sport as equal, inclusive and welcoming as possible. You won’t regret it.

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