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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

Nicole Cooke shares her no-limits approach to women’s cycling

Nicole Cooke is no ordinary cyclist. Not only has she won Olympic gold and the women’s equivalent of the Tour de France (the Grand Boucle in 2006), she had to do it despite the barriers she faced – broken contracts, unpaid wages, injury and drugs cheats, all of which she documented in her ground-breaking autobiography, … 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

Rev your engines girls! F1 driver Susie Wolff wants to get you racing

The first female driver in F1 for over 20 years, Susie Wolff is a pioneer within her sport. Her job involves withstanding g-forces as strong as a space shuttle launch, racing around tracks at hundreds of miles per hour, and testing cutting edge technology in a simulator to help engineers build the fastest car possible. … 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

Jen Clark, hockey player for Wick Ladies Hockey Club

Jen Clark is a role model first of all for her sheer commitment to sport. She has been playing for Wick Ladies Hockey Club for some thirty years. Not only that – she is also passionate about encouraging others into the sport through her coaching and captaining.  All great reasons for Jen to be declared … Continue reading

Jen Palmer, Captain of the England Senior Women’s Touch (Rugby) Team

Jen Palmer is about to experience the proudest moment of her Touch (Rugby) career so far: Captaining the England Senior Women’s team in Australia at the Touch World Cup 2015. This moment comes not from playing Touch her entire life, but after trying it for the first time in 2008 at a corporate mixed-sex Touch … Continue reading

Sporting highlights to celebrate IWD in 2015

International Women’s Day, 8th March, has gone from strength to strength in recent years as a celebration of all things for women.  And if you want to celebrate through sport there is plenty going on here in Bristol to help you on your way.  This year’s theme is ‘Make it Happen’ – maybe through a … Continue reading

Elina Helenius, horse rider extraordinaire

Elina Helenius is a horse rider and horse lover. She returned to her childhood passion as an adult after a fifteen year hiatus, the spell having broken during puberty (sound familiar?). Elina demonstrates that a break from sport doesn’t mean the end. She shows us that sport has benefits for everyone – at all ages … 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

Ali Hucker, College Sport Maker

Were you excited by sport as a child or teenager? Or did you, like me, look forward to PE like you might look forward to a dentist appointment with a mouth full of cavities? I’m sure that Mr Hallsworth meant well… but his ill-fitting jogging bottoms and “come on boys” attitude didn’t really give me much … 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

Rosie Allison, Team Bath Netball Superleague shooter

If sport is your thing, then Rosie Allison is your role model. Rosie is rated as one of England’s most talented young shooters and plays netball for Team Bath – the most successful team in the history of the Netball Superleague. Rosie has been part of Team Bath since she was 16 years old. The team … 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

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