“With Stoke-on-Trent being the European City of Sport 2016 it is even more important that we try to tackle these issues. We have a responsibility to make sport accessible to everyone regardless of gender, age or ability.”
Dr Jacky Forsyth, Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology
An event aimed at encouraging women to take up careers in sport and exercise is taking place at Staffordshire University this week.
This Friday's Females in Sport and Exercise event will feature a host of sports professionals who will be talking about both the opportunities and barriers faced by women in the industry.
The numbers of females studying Sport and Exercise Science and Sport Development and Coaching at Staffordshire University is low and Dr Jacky Forsyth, Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology, is leading new research to understand the reasons for this.
She explained, “We don't know why fewer females are choosing to study sport related subjects but something needs to be done to change this.”
“In the week of International Women's Day it seems only fitting to start up a dialogue about this issue and to offer young women the opportunity to learn and network.”
Jacky added: “With Stoke-on-Trent being the European City of Sport 2016 it is even more important that we try to tackle these issues. We have a responsibility to make sport accessible to everyone regardless of gender, age or ability.”
Friday's event will see speakers from the English Institute of Sport, Stoke City FC, and the Rugby Players Association join former world squash champion Angela Smith to share their experiences and offer advice to those looking to get into the sports industry.
There will also be talks from graduates who studied in the University's Sport and Exercise department and advisors from the University’s careers team.
Females in Sport and Exercise will take place on Friday 11 March, 6pm, BG61 Brindley Building, Leek Road, Stoke. Refreshments will be provided. Email Dr Jacky Forsyth on J.J.Forsyth@staffs.ac.uk to book your place.
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