basketballscotland are pleased to partner with Women’s sport equality charity Scottish Women in Sport as part of their exciting multi-platform collaboration with the University of West Scotland, Girls Do Sport.
The ambitious new partnership will see ten 15 minute programmes created by students, graduates and staff at the University focusing on women in sport and highlighting one sport per show.
The first show will be aired on Friday 13 October on through the various social media channel including https://www.facebook.com/ScottishWomeninSport/ and will showcase Scotland’s prominent female tennis players while raising awareness of the opportunities for women in the sporting sector.
SWiS CEO Maureen McGonigle said: “I can’t wait to see the first show air online, this collaboration with UWS will allow us to promote women’s sport to a wider audience and help build the confidence and skills of the students who will work with us and who will be our future sports journalists.
“This project is something that was one of our stated aims when Scottish Women in Sport launched in 2013, it’s a great moment for this to become a reality and we are thrilled to be working with UWS on such an exciting partnership.
“The statistics around media coverage of women in sport continue to be low compared with their male counterparts. Girls Do Sport will be an antidote to this under-representation in the media.”
Basketball will feature in the series alongside tennis, yachting, roller derby, gymnastics, hockey, boxing, athletics and squash will all feature in the ten-show schedule. The final episode will be a round-up of highlights from the series.
Scotland and Caledonia Pride star Sarah Thomson was at the official launch event and is excited that basketball will be featured: “It is exciting to have basketball involved in this new initiative. At Caledonia Pride, we are determined to inspire the next generation of female athletes in Scotland and to be involved in Scottish Women in Sport’s new programme is another way we can help spread our message.”
Minister for Public Health and Sport, Aileen Campbell said: “I welcome Girls Do Sport continuing to highlight female participation issues in sport. Coming soon after Scotland’s first Women and Girls in Sport Week, they will help us to further understand the barriers that women and young girls face and help to drive change.
For more information about the schedule and upcoming programmes, please see Scottishwomeninsport.co.uk