6 November 2019
A special 'Women in Sport Governance' event has been confirmed for Thursday 5 December at Bournemouth University.
The underrepresentation of women within the governance of English sport is an ongoing problem. One study published in 2016 found that only 19% of Board directors and 13% of Board chairs on governing bodies in England were female (Adriaanse, 2016).
As a result of this underrepresentation, in 2017 UK Sport announced their new Code of Sports Governance, which included a target of 30% gender diveristy on Boards.
Two years down the line, this one-day free event will bring together practitioners from a wide sporting spectrum to ask: How much progress have we made since UK Sport and Sport England’s new governance code was introduced in 2017, and what is still to be done?
The event will provide strategies and advice on best practice within sports governance from those currently working in the field and provide a platform for productive conversations about how we can best achieve more gender diversity within sports governance in England.
Confirmed speakers include Emma Farlow (Governance Manager, UK Sport), Clare Daniels (FA Women’s National Development Manager), Sue Redfern (President, World Lacrosse), Dr Charlotte Smith (University of Leicester) and Dr Lucy Piggott from the University of Hertfordshire.
Additionally, representatives from the RFU, England Hockey and England Golf will also be in attendance.
The event is free to attend, but spaces are limited. Attendees should register by clicking on the link here prior to the application deadline of Thursday 21 November.
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