Female Athlete Podcast

How to increase girls’ participation in sport and the impact of Covid on elite sportswomen

December 22, 2020 Female Athlete Podcast Season 2 Episode 14
Female Athlete Podcast
How to increase girls’ participation in sport and the impact of Covid on elite sportswomen
Show Notes

*SEASON 2 FINALE & Christmas Special!* We did it!

As we approach the end of 2020 we wanted to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has downloaded and listened to our podcast over the past ten months- we couldn’t have done it without you and we hope we have provided some joy, whilst informing and inspiring you with our episodes throughout what has been a distinctly difficult year.

In our final episode of Series 2, we speak to Dr Ali Bowes, a researcher and lecturer in Sport and Sociology at Nottingham Trent University and a former Physical Education (PE) teacher.

In the interview, Ali recalls her time as a PE teacher, coaching 15 year-old girls and the challenges she faced. We also talk about why PE is not the answer to solving the high dropout rates among young girls within sport and physical activity and discuss why accessibility is such a big issue when it comes to young girls discovering a sport they love.

We discuss the research looking into the effect of Covid on elite sportswomen conducted by Dr Ali Bowes herself and co-hosts Dr Jess Piasecki and Lucy Lomax over the summer of 2020. 

We also speak to Jo Wimble-Groves & Caroline Kings, co-founders of ‘We are Girls in Sport’ to ask about their initiative which provides young girls with role models and spreads awareness of less mainstream activities.


The impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on elite sportswomen research paper:

We would like to thank our title sponsor for series 2 -Pretty Athletic.
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This episode was kindly sponsored by Limitless Bra. The Limitless Bra was designed for growing bodies, to give girls the support, comfort and confidence to enjoy being active. Please see https://limitlessbra.com for more information.

We Are Girls in Sport: https://www.wearegirlsinsport.com

Mintridge Foundation: https://www.mintridgefoundation.org.uk 

*Disclaimer: Materials and content in the Female Athlete Podcast are intended as general information only and should not be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment