Laura Howard

Move with the times: Sports clubs must foster inclusive culture

“Clubs need to constantly assess their own practices and strive for inclusivity.” Speaking to Emma Birch, Sports Officer at Warwick Students’ Union, she highlighted the importance of ongoing learning to become more inclusive. The England Cricket Board (ECB) recently announced their belief that cricket can become the most inclusive sport...
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Posted Oct. 12, 2022

The Lionesses have done their job, now we must act

Wembley awaits for England, whose 4-0 rout of Sweden sees them reach the final of the Women’s European Championships. Their success this summer proves inspirational to millions but the opportunity it provides cannot be allowed to slip away. Tears of joy marked Ellen White’s face at full-time, but they meant...
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Posted Jul. 31, 2022

Euro 2022: Anyone’s for the taking

Buoyant chants of ‘it’s coming home’ filled Old Trafford as England kicked off the Euros triumphant against Austria. Following further demolitions of Norway and Northern Ireland, the Lionesses will have their eyes firmly fixed on the prize of a home Euros victory, but this victory will be hotly contested. As...
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Posted Jul. 19, 2022

Coventry United pull off the Great Escape

Coventry United charted an escape from relegation that wouldn’t seem amiss unfolding on the set of a Hollywood production. The FA Women’s Championship (FAWC) side overcame a ten-point deduction in dramatic fashion with an injury time screamer away at Watford. At the turn of the year Coventry United, the University...
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Posted Jun. 5, 2022

Chelsea clinch WSL in thrilling title race

Chelsea have continued their domestic dominance and sealed the Women’s Super League (WSL) title for a record third season in a row. In what is shaping up to be a rivalry for the ages, the Blues finished just one point ahead of fellow Londoners, Arsenal, on a dramatic final day....
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Posted May. 15, 2022

Coventry United saved from liquidation

Christmas time: hope, joy, relaxation. Or that’s what you’d expect. The story for Coventry United LFC was anything but. Coventry entered the Christmas break, customary in the women’s game, following an upturn in form and with the hope that they would be able to build on this in the new...
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Posted Jan. 30, 2022

Poor refereeing standards in women’s football: this has to change

“We shouldn’t expect lower standards for women’s football, we should demand that VAR and goal-line technology is part of our sport and as soon as possible.” These were the words of Emma Hayes following Chelsea’s 3-2 defeat to Arsenal in their season opener. There is no disputing Hayes’ assertion that...
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Posted Jan. 28, 2022

Women’s Super League gets off to a storming start

Just five games into the season and the Women’s Super League has already thrown up its fair share of shocks and thrillers. Excuses have been as abundant as goals; this season looks set to provide plenty more entertainment. It was predicted by many that the WSL would shape up to...
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Posted Oct. 28, 2021

A Covid-19 sporting retrospective

Seemingly unlimited time to indulge in my latest save of Football Manager, the novelty of a computerised Grand National, and attempting the feat of spelling my name on Strava have all undoubtedly had their charms over lockdown. The return of sport to our screens and parks in 2021, however, has...
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Posted Sep. 30, 2021

Arsenal triumph in London derby spectacle

The most highly anticipated game of the FAWSL’s opening weekend saw a clash of two title hopefuls in the Champions League finalists and defending champions, Chelsea, and last year’s third-placed team, Arsenal. Held at the Emirates and broadcast on Sky Sports, the game truly set the standard for where women’s...
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Posted Sep. 7, 2021