Glasgow 2014 High Jump finalist Jayne Nisbet will speak at the event

Breaking down barriers

Conference aims to stimulate change for women and girls in sport

Scottish Women in Sport is hosting its 2018 conference on Friday, 8 June in Edinburgh to promote more and better opportunities for women and girls in sport.

The gala event at RBS Gogarburn will showcase some big-name speakers from Scottish sport and beyond and prompt debate and partnership building in the name of breaking down barriers.

Speakers on the day will include:

  • Kayleigh Grieve, women’s football marketing manager, UEFA
  • Jayne Nisbet (pictured), former Commonwealth Games high jump finalist and SWIS Role Model of The Year 2017
  • Yvonne Greeves, head of women in business for NatWest, The Royal Bank of Scotland and Ulster Bank
  • Jackie Davidson, assistant director of golf development, R&A 
  • Simone Fullagar, gendered formation of sport researcher 
  • Girl Guiding Scotland will also present their annual research


Supported by sportscotland, the SWiS Conference will bring together athletes, administrators, media and coaches from across sport to explore the cultural changes across Scotland’s sporting landscape.

It will promote change at every level of sport to make it easier for females to break through the barriers that still exist within sport. Wherever the barrier exists, work has to be done to remove it in line with the Scottish Government's vision, to create a Scotland where more people are more active, more often.

SWiS was created in 2013 with the mission to educate the Scottish public, media and commercial investors on the role of sport in driving gender equality while improving the health and well-being of girls and women. The charity’s vision is to increase the number of women who participate, coach and lead sport in Scotland.

Maureen McGonigle, founder and CEO of SWiS, said: “Whilst we see acceleration in the pace of change in several areas bringing about a better gender balance, it is imperative that we continue to understand the many barriers that still exist which prevent females from participating in all areas and levels of sport.

“These can range from cultural to body image and require a deeper understanding and a strong commitment from all, to resolve. We will discuss these barriers and many others, looking to encourage partnership working that will help identify the solution and progress equity in sport for all.”

Stewart Harris, sportscotland chief executive, said: “We are delighted to support Scottish Women in Sport’s conference. They have done some excellent work in the last five years to increase the understanding around the barriers faced by women and girls in sport. At sportscotland we will continue to work with SWiS and our other partners to help address those issues and extend existing opportunities.” 

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