Media Coverage for Women's Sport
This article was sourced from the Metro.
The Women’s Sport Trust is the brainchild of hapkido instructor Tammy Parlour, who wanted to maintain the boost that the Olympics and Paralympics gave to women’s sport.
‘We were inspired by the images of strong, diverse female sporting role models,’ says Parlour, ‘and didn’t want to lose that feeling. The trust is about creating a movement for change in women’s sport.’
It relies on donations to fund its participation, spectator and campaigning intiatives and Anna Watkins isn’t the only one spreading the word: top female athletes such as GB hockey captain Kate Walsh, sitting volleyball captain Claire Harvey, motor racer Alice Powell and footballer Kelly Smith MBE are lending their support.
‘Those involved are like-minded women and men with a passion for driving change,’ says Watkins.
Grants for 2013 come in four tiers – £500, £1,000, £2,000 and £5,000, plus there’s a Quick Reaction Fund – and could be available for anything from court resurfacing to funds for racing wheelchairs. The website also lists forthcoming women-only competitions and news.
Watkins adds: ‘The amount of kids that have spoken to me and sent me Twitter messages since [the Olympics]. I thought, we’ve got to keep this momentum going.’