Culture minister’s push for equal participation in UK sport

In the UK news this weekend (bit late at getting to a computer!), this story about the poor coverage of UK sportswomen’s achievements (in swimming and cricket), and the connection between lack of positive sporting role models and women and girls’ (low) participation in grassroots sports.

On a positive note, though, its great to hear the culture secretary, Andy Burnhan, drawing attention to this, and exerting pressure on sports governing bodies to remedy this. From the report:

In this summer’s ICC World Twenty20 tournament, which will take place in June at four grounds around England, the women’s semi-finals will take place alongside the men’s.

“That’s such a strong message about equality in sport and the equality of interest in sport,” said Burnham. “There are lessons that other governing bodies could learn. We have to get rid of this thing about women’s sport being an afterthought.”