(When we formed the) Women’s Sports Foundation in England: we agreed a set of aims and objectives, and the most important one I believe I proposed, was that we would work ‘in and through sport’. In other words, we wouldn’t just be interested in what was going on in sport but we were interested in sport as a wider mechanism for achieving social change and for me that is the absolutely crucial phrase and I hope it is still in the statutes or the objectives of the organisation. I think it is still there, but if it goes I will be very annoyed because for me that ties it to feminism more generally – in and through sport. So, in other words, we are not just living in a social bubble that is about sport performance and sport objectives, we are using sport as a tool for achieving wider social change and that is still my strong belief.”

— extracts from an interview conducted by Dr Jordan Matthews on 14th September 2011

Beyond 30%
Beyond 30%
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’.
Trophy women? 2015
Trophy women? 2015
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.
Checklist for change
Checklist for change
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.
WSF rationale
1984 document outlining the aims and objectives of the WSF
Looking back, moving forwards...
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

A tweet by Ruth Holdaway, CEO of Women in Sport, expressing her gratitude for Celia’s trailblazing work in the establishment of the WSF


Louise Jacklin, who worked with Celia in WSF’s early days

The 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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