British Cycling and the Football Association Join Forces to Increase Female Participation in Sport

British Cycling FA logoTwo organisations that operate in traditionally male dominated sporting environments are teaming up today to discuss how to encourage more women into sport.

Cycling wasn’t the only sport that saw massive boost in interest and participation after the triumphs of the 2012 Olympics. Women’s football has also experienced an increase in recognition after the great performances by the British team.

But the governing bodies of both sports, British Cycling and the Football Association, recognise the need to continue the momentum and work to get more women involved in sport.

Today, the stars of both the Team GB Cycling Team and the England International Football Team will meet to discuss those plans at the National Cycling Centre, Manchester. This includes Olympic cyclist Jess Varnish, Team GB track star Vicky Williamson, and England International footballers Gemma Bonner and Fara Williams.

One of the suggestions is organised rides to football matches, capitalising on the immense success of the Breeze initiative by British Cycling. With the imminent World Cup 2015 qualifier match for England against Montenegro coming up on the 5th of April in Brighton, it seems the ideal opportunity.

We’re interested to see more details of the plans, as it’s clear that women’s sport in general is rising in support and profile, as well it should. The UK has some incredible athletes who deserve support and recognition, and increasing access and opportunity for women in general will hopefully lead to an increase in participation.

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