WOMEN IN SPORT

It's a hugely important challenge getting more women charging along the path to sporting success. I know that female athletes still have gender specific challenges to overcome; whilst some sports are leading the way with equal funding and recognition, all too many lag far behind.

This Olympic summer showcased wonderfully the talent, athleticism, skill and sportsmanship of female athletes across so many sports. We have begun a cultural shift where fit and healthy women are aspirational rather than freakish. We know the public appetite is enormous to watch and support them, live their hopes and dreams with them, but we are in serious danger of slipping back. Let’s not lose this golden window. I want to make sure that the young girls I am talking to in schools grow up into a different world. One where the women's rugby team is as celebrated as the men, and stories like that of Nicola Adams, where the world was dazzled by her skill rather than her gender, are no longer rare.

To do this we need to support the women pioneering the way. I've been lucky to be in a sport with a strong and well-funded women's team, let's make sure the next generation of athletic women don't need to be lucky to achieve their dreams.

WOMEN'S SPORT TRUST

Women's Sport Trust is a grass-roots movement of ordinary people and progressive organisations supporting women in sport. They provide scholarships/grants to aspiring sportswomen, fund research and public awareness campaigns, and support anything else that will enable the progression of women's sport in the UK.

The Trust aims to encourage greater engagement with women’s sport through participation, spectatorship and media coverage whilst creating a platform for a diverse range of role models to emerge in women's sport in the UK.

All grants are dependent upon the generous support of individuals and organisations joining together to make a difference to women's lives.

As patron of the trust Anna says "I'm thrilled to be helping the Women’s Sport Trust with their hugely important challenge of getting more women charging along the path to sporting success. I know that female athletes still have gender specific challenges to overcome; whilst some sports are leading the way with equal funding and recognition, all too many lag far behind.

The London 2012 Olympics showcased wonderfully the talent, athleticism, skill and sportsmanship of female athletes across so many sports. We have begun a cultural shift where fit and healthy women are aspirational rather than freakish. We know the public appetite is enormous to watch and support them, live their hopes and dreams with them, but we are in serious danger of slipping back. Let's not lose this golden window. I want to make sure that the young girls I am talking to in schools grow up into a different world. One where the women's rugby team is as celebrated as the men, and stories like that of Nicola Adams, where the world was dazzled by her skill rather than her gender, are no longer rare.

To do this we need to support the women pioneering the way. I've been lucky to be in a sport with a strong and well-funded women's team, let's make sure the next generation of athletic women don't need to be lucky to achieve their dreams."

WST Website