Women's Sport Week returns

Annual awareness week returns for a third year to boost profile of women’s sport

19 June 2017 News

Whether you play, work in, volunteer or watch sport, you can take part and share your inspirational stories to mark Women’s Sport Week.

The national awareness campaign – which takes place from 19-25 June – is an opportunity for everyone to show their support for women’s sport and shine a spotlight on the successes and challenges it faces.

Play your part in the annual celebration and help increase the profile of women’s sport by organising your own event or challenge – and then help spread the news online using the hashtag #WSW2017.

Shining the spotlight

We’re shining the spotlight on women’s sport by showcasing two of the projects we’re funding that use sport to empower women and girls.

Get Set Girls and Warriors Basketball Club are transforming the lives of women and girls across the UK.

Help spread the news online using the hashtag #WSW2017

Girls in Basketball, which is organised by the Leicester-based Warriors Basketball Club, focuses on getting girls aged 13 and older from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds into basketball. 

The project, which is made possible thanks to National Lottery funding, will put on a ‘festival of basketball’ this summer for more than 60 girls and provide follow-up group sessions every week to get people playing.

The power of sport

Women and girls taking part in sport this week are encouraged to promote their events on social media and show all the great activities taking place across the UK.

Get Set Girls is another organisation we’ve funded that is improving the lives of disadvantaged girls aged 15-19 in Hackney, east London.

The youth club already provides opportunities for girls to improve their confidence and gain vital life skills through personal development workshops, health programmes and careers advice.

The Girls for Fitness programme, which has just finished its 35-week course, provided eight fitness sessions per week to more than 80 girls from the Orthodox Jewish Community.

The successful scheme brought many of the benefits to physical and mental wellbeing as well as individual and community development that we mention in Towards an Active Nation.

This Girl Can returns

Raising the profile of real women doing sport and activity is one of the keys to changing behaviour – as our ground-breaking This Girl Can campaign continues to show.

The first-of-its-kind campaign, which features phenomenal women who sweat and jiggle as they exercise, returns to TV screens this week – just in time for the start of Women’s Sport Week.

The second advert first hit our screens back in February and sees familiar faces, Grace and Alice, return and continue their story.

There won’t be any billboard posters this time around – but we’ve been busy creating lots of new content to help women everywhere find the right activity and sport for them.

You can share your stories using our Snapchat geo-filters, Instagram Stories and Facebook Live – as well as new GIFs that we’ll be releasing to celebrate women and girls getting active.

Find out more

There are many more opportunities during Women’s Sport Week that use the power of sport and activity to make a difference – find out how you can get involved: