Women’s sport is in the best position it’s ever been.
More people are watching, playing, reading, writing and talking about it than any other time in recent memory.
Three major outlets – BBC, The Telegraph and GiveMeSport – now all have dedicated campaigns to supply the content demanded by so many and the level of coverage across most media outlets seems to be on the up as well.
At The 52, we like to think we have played a small part too – we received nearly 6,300 hits on our website during our year-long project to champion and promote inspiring individuals, teams, groups and schemes in women’s sport.
There is still a lot to be done though.
Outside of major competitions, there is still a large disparity in terms of the coverage afforded to women’s sport.
Quite rightly, the demise of Bury and Bolton has been dominating the headlines in the last few weeks. The outrage has been clear and there have been seemingly endless debates on what can be done to stop this happening again.
But where was the coverage when a similar fate happened to Notts County’s women’s team back in 2017, when England internationals found themselves out of a job overnight? Or just last season when Yeovil’s women were forced to revert back to part-time status while still in the top-tier Women’s Super League?
How many of you read anything about the inaugural W Series as it happened this year? Golf’s Solheim Cup – the women’s version of the Ryder Cup – begins in Scotland in just two weeks; how much have you heard about that? What about the fantastic success of GB’s female para-canoeists at the recent World Championships?
There is still a lot of work to be done and The 52 wants to be at the heart of that, giving women’s sport the platform it deserves.
However, if we are going to make a significant difference then we need YOUR help!
As part of our exciting re-brand over the next few weeks, we want to put together a team of writers with a range of knowledge and expertise to give the best possible insight into women’s sport; to elicit debate and discuss the most important topics; to bring you the stories that may have gone untold by the major outlets and continue to promote the incredible people within it.
You can write as much or as little as you like; it can be once a week, once every two months or even just a one-off article.
You can write on pretty much any sport you want, from the mainstream events such as football, rugby and cricket to boccia, archery and cross-country skiing. The choice is yours!
So far we have already been fortunate enough to recruit an Olympic champion hockey player, a world champion trampolinist and two exciting young journalists and really hope to add even more talent to that roster.
So if you’re an athlete, coach, aspiring (or current) journalist or someone who is heavily involved in women’s sport, we want to hear from you!
All you need to do is send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or a message on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (you can find us @the_52blog).
We can’t wait to hear from you!