While I’m on a roll, let’s crack straight on with some of the individuals and the odd blog you should follow if you want to keep up with what’s happening in women’s sport.
But first, I need to make good another omission from my last blog, To be honest, I just couldn’t decide whether to put them in as they cover men’s as well as women’s football, but on reflection I think that’s a bit churlish. So, undoubtedly, the best podcast (and should be listed merely because it has the best name) is The Offside Rule (We Get it!). Although it has become (relatively) famous for its female-fronted podcast, the website also contains blogs, features, columns and a whole lot more. Kate Borsay, Lynsey Hooper and Hayley McQueen are the brains behind the podcast although their team seems to be growing daily. It’s erudite, knowledgeable and humorous and I urge you to give it a go. It can become seriously addictive!
Right, on to individuals. As you will know, there are so many incredible women out there trying to spread the gospel of women’s sport. I can only cover a few, but they are some of my favourites. Some have websites, but mostly I follow them on Twitter. Despite its totally hideous, trolling side and its propensity to triviality, Twitter can be useful for information. You’ve just got to follow the right people!
@ConnorCricket Clare Connor is Director of Women’s Cricket at the ECB. News from the top of women’s cricket. What more do you need to know?
@AlisonMitchell One of my favourite broadcasters, who has worked so hard to be “mainstream” in cricket. Brilliant broadcasting about gymnastics too.
@Lottie2323 This is for fun. England captain, Charlotte Edwards doesn’t usually impart great items of cricketing wisdom, but it is fun and gives you some idea of what it’s like to be a professional cricketer.
@ShelleyBBC One of the most influential women in sport in this country – Shelley Alexander is Editorial lead for women’s sport on the BBC. She retweets an amazing amount of information on an incredible range of sports. Very knowledgeable and crusades constantly for women’s sport.
@clarebalding Brilliant broadcaster and “national treasure”. Always surprises me how much work she does so that she knows exactly what she’s talking about on whatever subject she’s been given.
@RuthHoldaway Chief Executive of Women in Sport.
@SallyHancock1 Chair of Women in Sport and expert in sports marketing and sponsorship. A loud voice in the quest for equality in media coverage, sponsorship and pay in women’s sport.
@EllyOldroyd Another one of my favourite broadcasters. Well-respected voice of Radio 5 Live.
@judmoo Judy Murray often tweets pictures of cake and desserts, but is the ambassador for tennis. Contrary to popular belief, she’s not just Andy and Jamie Murray’s Mother….
@Tanni_GT Always erudite, and a tireless advocate for disability sports, Tanni Grey-Thompson is great to follow. Gives a whole new perspective on sport and everything Welsh!
@annaedwards3 Anna Edwards is Producer of the Sportswomen programme on Sky.
@Anna_Kessel Writes for the Guardian and the Observer and is Co-Founder and Chair of Women In Football. Always a pleasure to read, and always fighting for women’s sport.
Shameful to admit, but I don’t read many blogs. If anyone out there can recommend any good women’s sports blogs, I’d be grateful. The one I never miss, though, is womens-cricket.blogspot.co.uk. Written beautifully by Martin Davies and a must for women’s cricket fans.
So there we are. I could keep going for a while yet, but if you just try a few of these to start with you won’t regret it.