Never give up! says broadcaster Abi Griffiths


Abi Griffiths, TV sports presenter and Inspiring Women ‘career speed networker’ shares her experiences. Many of the sports Abi covers are predominantly male; motor racing, rugby and boxing. She is passionate about opening up this world to more women.

Wednesday morning, London Aquatics Centre, 300 school girls aged 14 -15, Clare Balding as host, 60 influential females from the world of sport, what’s not to love.

The ‘Inspiring Women in Sport’ campaign is the brainchild of the charity Education and Employers Taskforce and today’s event is a speed-dating type affair (without the dating bit!).
It’s a chance for these girls to get a glimpse of all the different kinds of jobs out there in the world of sport and hear directly from the women doing it.

The venue is a befitting one and conjures up vivid images of Olympic champions and Chad’s Le Clos’s dad. Coincidentally and rather brilliantly, on this particular morning we are also reminded that it’s the training ground for champion diver Tom Daley, an unexpected treat!

I was lucky enough to double up on the table with some of the other female representatives and hear their stories spoken in milestones and soundbites;

“I knew I wanted to be part of that team….I couldn’t imagine not competing, I love the training…I just kept at it until I found a way” as well as the underlining messages;

“find a way to do what you love, the job will pick the person not just the CV….take the confidence sport gives you and run with it, apply it to every area of your life”.

On leaving, I overheard a table of girls say that the most powerful message that they will take with them is to “never give up!”

It was a personal mantra that I kept close to my heart whilst I was forging out a career in this exciting, demanding and rewarding industry. Hopefully, there may be at least one girl, out of the many with whom I shared my tales and insights, that now thinks that hosting motorsport programmes feels like something they’d really like to do.

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Clare Balding and London Aquatics Centre host Inspiring Women in Sport

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Today BT Sport broadcaster Clare Balding joined Inspiring Women founder Miriam González Durántez and 300 girls from 18 state schools at the London Aquatics Centre for ‘career speed networking’ with women working across the sport sector. 55 influential women from sports governing bodies, professional athletes and sports media took part. Sports represented include everything from archery to volleyball.
Backed by principal partner BT Sport and also the British Olympic Association and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Inspiring Women called upon females working in this sector to pledge one hour a year to talk with girls in state schools nationally about forging a career in this traditionally male dominated industry.

More career speed networking sessions are taking place across the country during Inspiring Women in Sport Week – 23 February to 1 March 2015 including events at BT Murrayfield rugby ground in Edinburgh and the National Tennis Centre in west London. The week is part of the wider Inspiring Women campaign, run by charity the Education and Employers Taskforce with key strategic partner and lead corporate supporter, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, which already has 12,650 female volunteers across all sectors.

Inspiring Women ‘career speed networker’ and BT Sport broadcaster Clare Balding said: “I have been lucky enough to work in sports broadcasting and journalism for over twenty years. I love my job and am determined to do as much as I can to help girls and young women aware of the opportunities available in sport for a fulfilling and enjoyable career. There are so many options across the board – whether it be in event management, coaching, marketing, sports science, journalism or governance and I know that when you are in your teens deciding which path to take, it can make all the difference to have access to worlds you may not have considered. I know that this exciting event at the Aquatics Centre will help inspire girls to pursue a career in sport and I’m delighted to be a part of it.”

Inspiring Women campaign founder and champion Miriam González Durántez said: “It is wonderful to see the Olympic Aquatics Centre taken over by so many amazing women and girls sharing a common interest: sport. It is particularly uplifting to see, for the first time, all the sport bodies united with the aim of inspiring the next generations of girls. All the women who have come today are sharing their experiences with the girls and showing to them the many fulfilling and rewarding sport sector careers that are within their reach.”

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Scottish schoolgirls meet female Rugby trailblazers

The national “Inspiring Women in Sport” week of action kicked off yesterday with an event at the BT Murrayfield rugby stadium in Edinburgh where 60 girls from local state schools were invited along for a “career speed networking” event. Speakers included Sheila Begbie MBE, Head of Women’s and Girls Rugby, Isobel Irvine, Edinburgh Rugby Media Manager and some of the modern apprentices working in Scottish Rugby’s Domestic Rugby department.

The event was part of the wider Inspiring Women campaign, run by charity the Education and Employers Taskforce and you can follow the campaign on twitter at @Edu_Employers

A big thanks to @Scotandteam and @FAB_Scotland from the Inspiring Women team.

England Women bend it like Beckham with girls in Milton Keynes


As part of charity the Education and Employers Taskforce’s ‘Inspiring Women in Sport’ campaign the Football Association today organised a visit for 3 of the England Women’s team; Lianne Sanderson (Arsenal), Alex Scott (Arsenal) and Leah Williamson (Arsenal). They met 40 girls ranging in age from Year 7 to Year 10 at the Sir Herbert Leon Academy in Milton Keynes.

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