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England Hockey CEO says we're on top of exciting wave in women's sport

England Hockey CEO Nick Pink says the country is “on the cusp of a really exciting wave for women in sport” as the women’s team have a chance to win Commonwealth gold on Sunday. rice field.

England will face Australia in the final of the Birmingham 2022 Games and will have the chance to continue the success of Britain’s top female athletes. Pink believes this momentum “has been building over the years.”

But the Lioness’ Euro win has caused a “huge shift” in the perception of women’s sport, helped by the many women involved behind the scenes, the 45-year-old added.

“I don’t think it’s the last week with the Lioness. I think it’s been building over the years,” Pink told PA News Agency.

Nick PinkEngland Hockey Chief Executive Nick Pink said the Commonwealth Games players were a ‘true inspiration’ (PA).

“There is so much more broader celebration of women’s sport, and more and more women are involved in all levels of management in all organisations.

“And that’s starting to show up in terms of success on the field as well.

“We are on top of a very exciting wave for women in sport.”

Pink said Britain’s ability to host successful events is partly responsible for the increase in women’s sport celebrations, and is also critically encouraging young people to get involved.

“We host them incredibly well. We also host in different parts of the country, which makes it more accessible to young girls and young boys,” he said.

“I think sports and governing bodies that offer many sports programs through networks of clubs and volunteers are more focused than ever on the importance of making sure their programs are inclusive and not exclusive. increase.

“As a country, our infrastructure wants this change and our volunteer network wants to see that change.”

Pink elaborated on the importance of diversifying sports through grassroots initiatives. Many of them are supported by funding from national lotteries.

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games – Day 8England’s Hannah Martin celebrates after scoring a penalty shootout in the women’s hockey semi-final (PA)

“Most recently, we launched a partnership with the Muslim Sports Foundation, which allows us to work with Muslim girls for the first time,” he said.

“If well positioned, there is demand and opportunity to make sure sport is more sustainable in different parts of the country.”

Pink added that she witnessed the Lioness’ Euro win last week with her 9-year-old son.

“It was incredible. It was very moving,” he said.

“And the first thing[my son]said to me was, ‘Why aren’t we there? Why aren’t we going to see it live?

“The few weeks into that competition showed what they had done to change the perception of women’s sport. I think it brought about

“I think women’s soccer will have great success in the future.”

England will face Australia in the women’s hockey final on Sunday.

Pink said England’s hockey players, both men and women, are “a true inspiration”.