Clare Bailey praises efforts to raise participation of females in sport

Monday 6th November 2017

Green Party MLA Clare Bailey says Northern Ireland is going from strength to strength when it comes to female participation in sport.

The South Belfast MLA was attending the Building Momentum Conference 2017 at Titanic Belfast, which aims to build on the momentum gathered by Northern Ireland’s hosting of two major female sporting events this summer, the Women’s Rugby World Cup and the UEFA Under 19 Women’s Championships.

The Female Sport Forum Conference also aims to raise the profile of female sport and physical activity and was addressed by keynote speakers, Olympic Gold Medallist Denise Lewis MBE, Commonwealth Games Federation President Louise Martin CBE and world record breaking motorcycle racer Maria Costello MBE.

“Northern Ireland is firmly on the map when it comes to hosting major sporting events and today we heard from the teams of volunteers who were involved in delivering the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, the 2017 UEFA U-19 Women’s Championships and the World Police and Fire Games,” the South Belfast MLA said.

“We also heard from the Youth Sport Trust about how delegates can build relationships with schools to engage young people as participants, coaches and leaders.

“What clearly shone through was the power of sport to change women’s lives and outcomes and the sheer passion and enthusiasm that is waiting to be tapped.

Commonwealth Games Federation President Louise Martin CBE said, “Whether in the workplace or in sport, gender equality needs to be universal.”