Women's Sport Week 2017

Posted by Joanna Rowbottom on 10/05/2017

Women’s Sport Week is taking place from 19th to 25th June this year and we really want to make some noise about all the amazing work and opportunities in climbing, hill walking and mountaineering.

What is Women's Sport Week?

A national celebration of women’s sport and physical activity organised by Women in Sport. During the week a wide range of activities take place from events for female participants to try something new, or do something different, to celebrating what women are doing within sport and physical activity and showcasing women’s elite sporting events.

Tell us about your plans for Women's Sport Week by completing this form. Upon sending your activity plans to the BMC we will send you a resource pack around how to enage more women and girls in your activities. This will pull together research and insight to give you top tips on how to make your activities appealing to women and girls.

Why have a Women's Sport Week

Participation Trends

Sport England's Active Lives survey reveals that men (63%) are more likely to be active than women (59%). Within our activities Sport England's Active Lives survey found that 30% of weekly mountaineers are female and 36% of monthly mountaineers are female. According to a recent BMC Equality survey women make up 28% of the BMC membership. These lower participation levels amongst women start from a young age, a 2015 British Heart Foundation survey found that 9 out of 10 girls aged 13-15 years old don’t do enough physical activity to benefit their health.

Media coverage

Women’s sport makes up 7% of all sports media coverage in the UK. Just over 10% of televised sports coverage is dedicated to women’s sport, a staggeringly low 2% of national newspaper sports coverage is dedicated to women’s sport and 4% of online sports coverage is dedicated to women’s sport. This is despite the huge success of Women's Sports teams in recent years, the GB Hockey team won Gold at the 2016 Olympics, the Women's Football team came 3rd in the 2015 World Cup, the England Women's Rugby team won the 2014 Rugby World Cup and the 2017 Six Nations Championships and our very own Shauna Coxsey claimed the overall title of IFSC Boulder World Cup Champion in 2016.

Get involved

Here at the BMC we know there’s so much amazing work going on, and we'd really to make some noise about it to raise the profile of women within our activities, we’d like your help in this.

If you already have activities planned for Women's Sport Week tell us what you’re up to and we’ll include it on our Womens Sport Week activity map which we'll send to national and regional partners.

If you’ve nothing planned yet but you’re keen to get involved we’ve got some ideas

  • Hold a women’s only or a family walking event
  • Hold a bring a female friend session at the climbing wall
  • Run a film night showcasing women in your activities
  • Hold an outdoor climbing or walking meet for women or for families
  • Have a celebration at your ladies night session
  • Share blog articles and images on your website and via social media
  • Run a women’s Ready to Rock course for new outdoor climbers
  • Hold a women’s or family social night with your club
  • Fundraise with Women’s Sport Wednesdays

You may have some other amazing ideas for activities you'd like to hold. What ever you decide tell us about your Women's Sport Week plans by completing this form.



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