Celia co-established the Women’s Sports Foundation in 1984. The aims of the WSF were to promote the interests of all women in and through sport and to gain equal opportunities and options for all women. Celia Chaired the Foundation from 1984 to 1988. WSF changed its name to the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation (WSFF) in 2007 before becoming Women In Sport in 2014.
IN CELIA'S WORDS
The latest report from Women in Sport (WIS) which outlines the number of women in positions of leadership in national governing bodies. WIS changed the name of the report from ‘Trophy Women’ to ‘Beyond 30%’ after the average make-up of the boards of national governing bodies was 30% for a second year in a row, concluding that women in sport leadership are no longer ‘trophy women’.
Since 2009 Women in Sport have collected and published data on the gender make-up of the boards and executive teams of national governing bodies of sport. A key finding from this 2015 report is that the make-up of the boards of national governing bodies was at an average of 30% female representation for the first time.
A checklist of six core goals for national governing bodies to achieve to push for greater representation of women in senior leadership positions, published by Women in Sport in 2015.
Keynote speech given by Celia to WSF’s Annual Conference at Staffordshire University in 1999. She takes a retrospective and prospective view, identifying how “the WSF managed to transform itself from a kitchen-table rabble to a major and respected public force for women’s sport and recreation” as well as providing a vision for more equitable sport by 2009
A tweet by Ruth Holdaway, CEO of Women in Sport, expressing her gratitude for Celia’s trailblazing work in the establishment of the WSF
AN APPRECIATION BY...
Louise Jacklin, who worked with Celia in WSF’s early daysThe driving issue for WSF, which reflected Celia’s enduring vision, was to achieve equality for all women within the whole arena of sport. At this time, when significant inequality and discrimination existed as the norm, this was a very ambitious agenda. However, Celia was never a woman afraid to confront and tackle the big issues.
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