Women in Sport
26% of women or are inactive (less than 30 minutes of physical activity each week) *
There are 721,800 more inactive women than men in England*
28% of teenage girls do no other exercise except PE at school**
Whilst the tide is starting to turn on these statistics, there is still a way to go before there is parity in participation and media coverage of women's sport. Women in Sport is a gender equality charity, founded in 1984. Their goal is giving every woman and girl in the UK the opportunity to experience the transformational rewards of sport. They are the only organisation in the UK that researches sport purely from the perspective of women and girls and use the insight gained to drive change through campaigns and partnerships. They:
INFORM: leading research into women and girls and their relationships with sports and physical activity, and using our insights to inform the work of sports organisations across the UK.
INNOVATE: partnering with sports deliverers to design and test innovative projects that engage women and girls in physical activity.
INSPIRE: using their insights and expertise to inspire changes to policy, practice and attitudes that lead to greater opportunities for women and girls in sport.
We are supporting Women in Sport to demonstrate what three young women can achieve. We hope to inspire other women to get involved in sport at any level and find something that they enjoy as much as we do.
**Women in Sport and Youth Sport Trust's Girls Active Survey
For all three of us, sport has shaped our lives. It's taught us to push the boundaries of our physical and mental capabilities and has brought us life-long friendships within solid communities. Sport has given us the confidence to always try, regardless of the chance of failure - which is why we now find ourselves faced with 3000 miles of ocean and supporting two sporting charities!
Rowing Together for Healthy Minds (RTHM)
For all three of us rowing has played a key role in keeping our minds healthy. Endorphins aside, being a part of a sports club has meant having a wider support network and a sense of belonging. Sometimes though, when things get tough, it’s not always easy to talk. This is why we are also supporting Rowing Together for Healthy Minds (RTHM), founded in memory of René Zamudio, a former UBBC rower.
RTHM is a mental health initiative for rowers, aimed at turning up the volume on discussing mental health. They have partnered with boat clubs across the UK to inform athletes and coaches about the symptoms of depression and other disorders, aiming to make it easier for someone like René to reach out for help in the future. Their charity tech tops have been worn by athletes from different clubs and universities across the rowing community and beyond – get involved and buy one from rivalkit.com.
RTHM is not a registered charity but is an official partner with Mind, who offer information about mental health and provide support to anyone affected by these issues. If you are worried about yourself or someone you might know who maybe struggling with mental health issues, we encourage you to talk to those close to you and head to www.mind.org.uk for information and support.
Our charity fundraising will be split equally between our chosen charities.
Thank you so much for your support - it means a lot to us and will mean even more to our charities.