Call for Participation | Discrimination Against Women in Sport Conference: How to continue narrowing the discrimination gap | Wednesday 8th March 2017, Preston

Celebrating International Womens Day and 100 years of the Dick, Kerr Ladies

Dick, Kerr Ladies 1921.,

The one day conference ‘Discrimination Against Women in Sport’ will be held on Wednesday 8th March 2017 in the Players Lounge at Preston North End Football Club’s Deepdale Stadium as part of the International Womens Day celebrations.

The conference will appeal to a range of stakeholders in womens sport from governing bodies, policy makers, sports administrators, sports development roles, education and academics, coaches, participants and anyone interested in developing and promoting sport.

The event will provide a forum to explore how historical views and decisions regarding women and sport prevented the development of women in sport and how on reflection the lessons learnt can be used to improve participation now and in the future.

Speakers to include:

  • Gail Newsham – Author of ‘In a League of Their Own’
    The story of the Dick, Kerr Ladies: ‘Triumph, Glory, & Betrayal’
  • Professor Jean Williams – University of Wolverhampton
    From Lily Parr to Theresa Bennett: How the 1921 FA ban on women playing football has defined the gendered labour markets of the professional game
  • Professor John Hughson, Alex Culvin & Verity Postlethwaite – University of Central Lancashire
    ‘Mum didn’t teach me how to play’: a discussion on the pedagogical role of mothers in footballing lives
  • Shelley Alexander – Editorial Lead for Women’s Sport at the BBC, FA Women’s Football Board member and co-founder of Women in Football, a network to support, empower and celebrate women working in our national game
    The role of the media and how to effectively challenge discrimination and celebrate women’s achievements
  • Carol Couse – Consultant Mills & Reeves solicitors
    Professionalization of women’s sport: opportunities and challenges
  • Amna Rafiq – Leicestershire Cricket Club
    ‘A Case Study: Spinning the cultural norms of cricket in Leicester.’ How to get girls into sport and working with cultural backgrounds and barriers
  • Beth Kay and Debra Jones – Lancashire Sport Partnership
    An introduction to the Sport England and Women in Sport workshop that has been developed for organisations to gain a better understanding of engaging women and girls in sporting activity
  • Dr Sue Minten – University of Liverpool
    ‘Why we ‘Chuck it, Whack it, Leg it and Smile’: Women & Rounders in Burnley’, a presentation on the phenomenal success of women’s rounders in Burnley which is based on research undertaken by Dr. Sue Minten and Dr. Jess Macbeth. The Burnley rounder’s league started four years ago with a taster session offered by Burnley Leisure Trust to a handful of women and has now grown to over 400 women regularly playing competitive rounders.
  • Dr Kitrina Douglas & Professor David Carless – Leeds Beckett University
    ‘The Power of Stories’. This presentation hopes to illuminate some of the subtle ways hegemonic masculinity infuses women’s lives, bodies, stories and identities as well as some of the overt and violent behaviours and actions that breeds fear, undermines confidence and normalises and naturalises oppression. Using research among athletes from sports as diverse as rugby union, track and field athletics, swimming, judo, netball, canoeing, hockey, rowing, cricket, and golf.

The day will also commemorate 100 years of the Dick, Kerr Ladies with topics and discussion being inspired by their story of overcoming discrimination and adversity to become the worlds most famous womens football team.

  • Conference venue is the Players Lounge in the Invincibles Stand, Deepdale Stadium, Preston North End FC, Lowthorpe Road, Preston PR1 6SA (free car parking off Lowthorpe Road)
  • Registration and coffee from 9am, conference commences at 9.45am prompt
  • Delegate fees:
    Early bird fee of £50.00 before 31st January 2017
    Standard Delegate fee £60.00 after 31st January 2017
    Student delegate fee £25.00

Includes lunch and refreshments (please advise of any special dietary requirements)

The conference will also be used to promote the Dick, Kerr Ladies Cup – the very first national women’s walking football competition which will be held in Preston on 2nd July 2017 to commemorate 100 years of the Dick, Kerr Ladies.

For more on the story of the Dick, Kerr Ladies visit

See also The Inside Left blog post:

For details on the first national womens walking football tournament visit and

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