Andy Stevens, in his first Glass Half Full podcast, looks at the challenges and opportunities around the women’s game.
His guests are Bryony Cleall, an England international, Duncan Johnson, leading the girls’ section at Ellingham and Ringwood, and Mary Ann Collins, Kids First Mentor and still playing at Crowthorne Ladies.
The conversation talked around:
The historical challenges faced by girls and women wanting to play the game they love at a higher level.
The potential future of the game with the new Allianz deal supporting the Elite and Grassroots game and with RWC2021 on the horizon.
The seemingly simple changes needed to nudge the female game across the whitewash to bring it more in line with the male game.
Here’s a 30 minute upskill booster for either senior or junior players. It’s aimed to fit into your whole session. You’ve got 90 minutes at training. The first 10-15 minutes will be your warm-up. At the end, you will playing a game, plus add in some set-piece work. That leaves you with 30 minutes to... MORE
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