Women In Sport Week - Gail Richards, Secondary Schools Participation Officer

We are proud to support Women’s Sport Week by sharing the real life success stories of women working within Basketball.

Gail Richards our Senior Manager (Game - Leagues, Competitions & Events) has played the sport since she was in school and is now a qualified coach, referee and table official. She believes the impact basketball has on people’s lives whether its playing, coaching, volunteering, officiating or spectating is massive and says “I feel it’s an honour to work in a sport that you really enjoy and love being a part of and wanting to see it achieve its full potential here in England.”

As a woman working and thriving in the sport’s industry, she believes there are so many avenues of sport that can help women develop personally and professionally. Her advice is to; “Build good relationships with different people all levels of the game, as all will give you a good insight into their sporting environment.”

Basketball within the UK is growing and the national governing body will announce new delivery plans which will increase accessibility, streamline structure and offer a pathway to everyone involved both on and off the court in the near future. She said; “I feel it’s an honour to work in a sport that you really enjoy and love being a part of and wanting to see it achieve its full potential here in England. There are so many more opportunity’s about and hopefully with the new Basketball Development Model to be launched it will be a game changer for the sport.”

Stewart Kellett, CEO at Basketball England said; "We’re proud to support Women’s Sport Week and celebrate equality and diversity within sport. Basketball England is an equal opportunities employer, with experienced, talented and knowledgeable female staff, who are an inspiration to other women who have an aspiration to work in sport.”

To find out more about women in sport, please go to the following website: https://www.womeninsport.org/

Or check out their twitter feed at https://twitter.com/Womeninsport_uk