28 April 2021
Women in Football is delighted to be joining forces with Jessica's YouTube chat show, 'B is for: Black,' in a series of special webinars which will provide a unique insight into the lives and experiences of black and mixed-race women in sport.
Jessica Creighton is an award-winning broadcaster and journalist who has worked in the industry for more than 10 years, for world renowned organisations like BBC Sport, Radio Five Live, BT Sport, TalkSPORT. Currently, you can find Jessica presenting for Sky Sports News and hosting the Women's Football Show. As a former football player, Jessica is committed to leveling the playing field and ensuring sport is accessible to all, particularly those from marginalised communities. She is the co-founder of Rainbow Noir, a community group that elevates the voices of LGBTQ people of colour.
Details of the first two webinars in the free-to-attend series are set out below.
The Black Female Coaches Leading the Way
Date: Monday 17 May
Time: 3.00 – 4.00 pm
There are some inspirational black women coaching at the top of their game, but the top two tiers of the women's game in England include just one black female head coach - why is that? Are the stats better in the men's game? Since Hope Powell CBE made history as manager of England Women, how has the landscape for black female coaches changed? Are black female coaches being left behind? With so much focus on finding female coaches, does there now need to be an intersectional approach that looks at gender AND race? What mentoring exists for black women coaches? Do black female players see coaching as a viable career option?
Join Jess, Hope, Peckham Town FC's Mary Phillip and Audrey Cooper, Head of Women's Coach Development at the FA, for a brilliant discussion on their experiences in the industry and what we all need to be doing to challenge for change.
Black Female Players at the Top of Their Game
Date: Tuesday 8 June
Time: 3.00 – 4.00 pm
Are black female players welcome in football? Delving into why there are currently just two regular black players in the England Women senior team and none in the Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland squad, what's holding black women players back? What barriers exist within the talent pathway from grassroots to elite level? Is anyone addressing the issue? Are the younger generation of black female players put off with the lack of representation at the top of the game?
Join Jess and Danielle Carter (Reading WFC), Rinsola Babajide (Liverpool FCW), Renée Hector (Watford FCW), Ini Umotong (Lewes FCW) and Freda Ayisi (London City Lionesses FC) to find out what we could and should be doing to get more representation of black female players on the national and international stage.
If you are a Women in Football member, you will find a link to register for these exciting webinars in your inbox. If you are new to Women in Football, join us and become a member for free. Please reference 'B is for: Black' in your application to receive a registration link.
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