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Women’s Sports Trust launches

A grant giving body dedicated to raising the profile and changing the perception of women’s sport in the UK has been launched.

Anna Watkins MBE, an Olympic gold medal rower and patron of the Women’s Sports Trust, explains: “We see ourselves as much as a movement as a grant giving body – focused on attracting new funding and profile for women’s sport.

“We have been amazed and delighted by the remarkable response we’ve already had to the trust.

People are clearly thrilled to have an opportunity to make a difference to women’s sport.”

A grants panel, chaired by Olympic medallist and GB hockey captain Kate Walsh, will shortlist applicants before those who have donated have the chance to vote on where their money is spent.

Further explaining the rationale for establishing the WST, one of its founders, Tammy Parlour, said: “Like many others, I was hugely inspired and moved by the incredible impact of so many female sports role models during last year’s Olympic Games.

“We want the WST to build on this and support the legacy for women’s sport in the UK.

“Sport is one of the most important public arenas and has the potential to shift how women are seen and how they see themselves.”

The WST is backed by a diverse range of elite female athletes, along with representatives from business and the media.

Arsenal Ladies’ Kelly Smith MBE is also a patron, with other athlete supporters including Shelly Rudman, Elinor Barker and Liz Yelling, along with a number of high profile business women, including Justine Roberts, founder and CEO of parenting website Mumsnet.

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