Industry Shorts: Queen’s Honours, FIFA, BBC, Coventry City

10 Jun 2019

By: Sport Industry Group

England netball captain Ama Agbeze and women’s golfer Georgia Hall have been made MBEs by the Queen in her Birthday Honours list.

Agbeze (pictured) led England to its first Commonwealth Games netball gold medal last year, while Hall won the Women’s British Open. Other sportspeople to have received MBEs include Scotland’s women’s football team Manager Shelley Kerr; Scotland men’s cricket captain Kyle Coetzer; former fencer and Olympic champion Gillian Donaldson; and golf broadcaster and journalist Ken Brown.

Philip Brook, chairman of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC), has been awarded a CBE, along with David Gill, former Chief Executive of Manchester United and FA Vice-Chairman. England Hockey Chief Executive Sally Munday, Royal Yachting Association Chief Executive Sarah Treseder and Scottish athletics coach David Campbell were among those awarded OBEs.

FIFA has signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), with the agreement designed to make football more accessible to women and girls.

The agreement has been signed to coincide with the launch of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. Both organisations will work with public authorities, international organisations, the private sector, and media and sports organisations to make the sport more accessible and to disseminate diverse sports content to promote gender equality.

FIFA and UN Women will also leverage major sporting events to deliver change at social, political and economic levels to challenge discrimination and stereotypes.

England’s victory over Scotland at the Women’s World Cup in France attracted a peak audience of 6.1m television viewers on the BBC and a 37.8% share of the available audience.

The figures mark a record for a women’s football match in the UK. England beat Scotland 2-1 in the teams’ opening match in Nice.

Coventry City will play its home matches at Birmingham City’s St Andrew’s stadium next season after the English Football League (EFL) agreed to a groundshare arrangement.

The EFL said it “reluctantly agreed” to the groundshare. Coventry plays matches at Ricoh Arena, but a long-running dispute between its owners, Sisu, and rugby club Wasps over the sale of the stadium has led to the League One team relocating to nearby Birmingham for the 2019/20 campaign.

The EFL Board has called on all parties to resolve the matter at the earliest convenience for the benefit of the City of Coventry and the football club.