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FA ‘too slow to react’ to women’s football

FA 'too slow to react' to women's football

The Football Association admits it has been “too slow to react” to changing attitudes towards women’s football. English football’s governing body wants to double participation in the women’s and girls’ game to nearly six million by 2020, as part of a strategy called ‘The Gameplan for Growth’. Senior FA officials claim, historically, the organisation “clearly let down women”. “For the …

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Scottish golf club ends 273-year ban on women

Scottish golf club ends 273-year ban on women

Muirfield has voted to admit female members for the first time in its 273-year history, paving the way for the Scottish golf club to again host the British Open. The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, which owns Muirfield and is the world’s oldest golf club, held a second postal ballot after members voted last May to retain the male-only policy. …

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Meet the men behind Gaza’s first female sports club

Meet the men behind Gaza’s first female sports club

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Rajab Sarraj and Hassan Skaik from the Gaza Strip are preparing to launch the first women’s sports academy by June 2017. This unprecedented initiative aims to help revive women’s sports in Gaza and will allow girls and women, between the ages of 4 and 40, to practice sports and become professional athletes. Two men from …

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The underappreciated role of women in sports in Nigeria

The underappreciated role of women in sports in Nigeria

It is arguable that a greater proportion of Nigeria’s sporting success is attributable to women. Both in terms of impact and sheer numbers, Nigerian women stack up immensely well against their male counterparts. In spite of this, there has been an almost systematic neglect of women in sports in Nigeria. The most obvious example, and this only because the most …

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Pakistan women expedition team to climb 7478-metre Passu Peak

Pakistan women expedition team to climb 7478-metre Passu Peak

KARACHI: Setting their eyes on creating history by attempting climbing Mount Everest next year, Pakistan’s national women expedition team has been formed which will also climb 7478-meter Passu Peak this year, under the leadership of ace mountaineer Samina Baig. Talking exclusively to geo.tv on Sunday, Samina revealed the plans of creating history by attempting to climb Mount Everest by Pakistan’s …

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Dame Sarah Storey: Paralympic cyclist launches elite women’s cycling team

Dame Sarah Storey: Paralympic cyclist launches elite women's cycling team

Fourteen-time Paralympic gold medallist Dame Sarah Storey has launched a new British elite women’s cycling team with husband Barney. Storey, 39, is Great Britain’s most successful female Paralympian, with 25 medals for cycling and swimming, while Barney, 39, won three golds as a pilot. “I am delighted to be able to bring an elite women’s racing team back into the …

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Hijab in Sports: How Muslim Women Athletes Are Fighting for Acceptance

Hijab in Sports: How Muslim Women Athletes Are Fighting for Acceptance

In 2016, Ibtihaj Muhammad became the first Muslim woman athlete competing for America to wear hijab during the Rio Olympics. As one of the most-talked about Olympians in a group that included names like Michael Phelps and Simone Biles, she did her best to deflect the hyper focus on her religion or what she wears while still competing on a …

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English female footballers ‘need more athleticism’ says FA’s Baroness Campbell

English female footballers 'need more athleticism' says FA's Baroness Campbell

Women players in England are technically excellent but need to be more athletic, says the Football Association’s head of women’s football. Baroness Campbell, former chair of UK Sport, was speaking at the Wembley launch of plans to double participation in the women’s game by 2020. The FA is also targeting victory for England at the 2023 Women’s World Cup. “One …

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Rachel Yankey: Top female coach in men’s football ‘long way off’

Rachel Yankey: Top female coach in men's football 'long way off'

On International Women’s Day, former Arsenal and England winger Rachel Yankey explains how views on women in football have changed over the past 15 years and why producing better female coaches is more of a priority than making a breakthrough in the men’s game. When I was a kid, I once shaved my head to pretend to be a boy …

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Women In Sport: Number of women in top jobs at UK sporting bodies declining, says study

Women In Sport: Number of women in top jobs at UK sporting bodies declining, says study

England Netball’s non-executive directors are 90% women The number of women getting top jobs at UK sporting bodies is down by 6% since 2014, says a new study which calls the findings “extremely concerning”. The Women in Sport survey found around half of the 68 Sport England and UK […] Click here to view original web page at www.bbc.com

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