nicobobinus78 has written 26 posts for Sport Watch Bristol

Women, Sport & Fitness in Bristol: An Open-Space Summit

THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN POSTPONED – we look forward to sharing information about a rescheduling in January 2016. On 12th November Bristol City Council, working with Bristol’s Sport and Active Bristol (Bristol’s sport partnership) will host an ‘Open Space’ summit discussing Women, Sport and Fitness in the city  This is the latest in a … Continue reading

Watch England Women seek third straight Ashes glory, 23rd July at Gloucestershire CC

The 21st July sees the Women’s Ashes commencing – England Women will be looking for their third consecutive victory in the series against Australia.  If pre-tournament confidence is a good sign then the team definitely have that on their side, as Lydia Greenway demonstrated in her interview with the Guardian on Saturday.  The series is being … Continue reading

Bristol Grand Prix: importance of contributing to the women’s racing calendar

It will come as no surprise that any event I would be involved in organising would have to have a pretty inclusive attitude.  And that is exactly the ethos the new Bristol Grand Prix cycle race on 20th June is trying hard to put at its core.  It’s only the inaugural year so not everything will … Continue reading

Sport Watch adventures to Namibia, part 2

When travelling anywhere these days I am highly attuned to the indicators of a healthy ‘women’s sport’ culture, i.e.: media coverage, visible role models and priority given to national women’s teams.  Having the opportunity to spend three weeks in Namibia fully immersed in sport (specifically cycling) has given me a good starting insight to the … Continue reading

#BeAGameChanger Awards from Women’s Sport Trust

At Sport Watch we are always excited about initiatives that support the growth in coverage and sponsorship of women’s sport.  And last week we had the opening of nominations for the #BeAGameChanger Awards from the Women’s Sport Trust.  The #BeAGameChanger awards recognise those individuals and organisations doing the most to progress women’s sport.  They are … Continue reading

Sport Watch adventures to Namibia, Part 1

I am bringing something of a Southern African flavour to SportWatch for a couple of weeks as I undertake a sports development placement in Namibia, with UK Sport and British Cycling.  It is inevitable that I will be paying a keen interest in the development of cycling, and sport generally, for girls and women while … Continue reading

Kate Grey, Paralympic Swimmer and Sports Reporter

Kate Grey is a Paralympic swimmer and represented Great Britain for ten years. She was ‘born and bred on a farm in the West Country’ and now lives in Bath.  Kate has begun a new career as a sports broadcaster. She currently works as a freelance feature reporter for BBC Sports news with a particular interest in … Continue reading

Amy Kington, Director of Bristol City Community Trust

Amy Kington is the highly inspirational woman behind Bristol City Community Trust.  BCCT strive to make a difference to the lives of communities in Bristol through football, particularly working with young people and educational opportunities.  Amy has been a long-time supporter of Bristol City Football Club and was an avid footballer when younger. She is … Continue reading


If you are following us at Sport Watch it is likely that you are already fully aware of the #ThisGirlCan campaign launched this week by Sport England.  This national television and visual campaign is designed to address women’s significantly lower levels of participation in sport and physical activity than men in England.  That’s a whopping … Continue reading

BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU : The ideal martial art for women?

We told you back in June about the programme being started by Artemis BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) to invest in and encourage more women into martial arts.  Artemis BJJ ran free classes at MyGym in St Pauls, starting in the summer and finishing on 31 December, to build a community of female martial artists in … Continue reading

Sports Books, Biographies & Autobiographies

In 2014 I was set the challenge of reading 100 books – fiction, non-fiction didn’t matter, as long as I finished the equivalent of at least 2 a week.  It was inevitable that a number of these would be sport books in some way.  In fact on review there were surprisingly only 13 I would … Continue reading

New Year Resolutions – SportWatch Style!

Clearly the more organised amongst you will have already made your resolutions. But for those of you who spent most of New Years Day lounging on the sofa (a noble enterprise) or you have space for an additional one or two – here’s some thoughts from us, equally applicable to women and men, the more … Continue reading

BT Action Woman of the Year Awards, Tuesday 9th December 2014, IBC Olympic Park

As a Trustee of Women’s Sport Trust I found myself with the privilege of being among a quite select number celebrating the performances of 10 of our most impressive sportswomen last night at the BT Action Woman Awards.  The Awards will be screened at 730pm tonight, 10th December for those of you lucky enough to … Continue reading

“Freedom to Ride”?

Appealing to the “freedom to ride” is increasingly popular in the discourse of cyclists and for some cycle campaigners has gained status as a rallying ‘call to arms’*.  But it’s a call that I have struggled to resonate with my personal experience or my increasing activity in promoting access and participation in cycling.  In fact, … Continue reading

In defence of sport for girls and women – only!

My colleague Susie East has written an uplifting plea for the importance of Mixed Sport: Stirring in Tolerance and Equal Opportunities.  I do not wholly disagree with the importance of sports played together, across the genders – and indeed advocate strongly for the principle that all sport until the end of primary learning to be mixed, … Continue reading

Season Preview: Bristol Ladies Rugby

There can be no denying that it has been an awesome summer for women’s rugby. We agree whole heartedly with Su Carty of the IRB (International Rugby Board) that the quality of play and competition, coverage and response to the World Cup tournament in Paris was “simply incredible”. And that’s before we get to the … Continue reading

A review of ‘Beryl’ and ‘Half the Road’ – women’s cycling

‘Beryl’ and ‘Half the Road’ 4th July West Yorkshire Playhouse & 8th July, Arnolfini By Nicola Waterworth It’s been a packed 10 days on the cycling front, what with the Grand Depart of the Tour de France from Yorkshire (definitely men’s cycling) and the more local Bristol Cycle Festival (which hosted a fab number of … Continue reading

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