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Women and Sport: The ChangeMakers

Professor Celia Brackenridge OBE: Sportswoman, Scholar and Activist

A celebration of her Contribution to Sport

This website is an interactive digital resource, designed to make Celia’s life and work accessible to scholars and activists interested in women, sport and social change, and to inspire women sport leaders of the future.

It summarises her achievements as a top class sportswoman, and as a founder of the Women’s Sports Foundation(UK), WomenSport International and Safe Sport International. Information about her extensive research is provided, with links to key references and publications. Her impact on national and international sport issues and policy is highlighted, with comments from colleagues and experts in the field. 

The website has been developed by Lucy Piggott and Lombe Mwambwa, Anita White Foundation Scholars and University of Chichester PhD Researchers, drawing on materials donated by Celia Brackenridge to the Foundation, and stored in the Anita White Foundation International Women and Sport Archive at the University of Chichester.

The Anita White Foundation International Women and Sport Archive is intended to be a permanent secure ‘home’ for the resources accumulated by leaders in the Women and Sport Movement, which are publicly accessible for researchers and others interested in this work. It contains papers, publications, bibliographies, correspondence, speeches and related items on women and sport as well as personal papers and biographical material.

A catalogue listing all the items can be viewed online at the Archives Hub. Visits to the AWF archive at the University of Chichester can be made by appointment with the AWF Coordinator, Dr Jordan Matthews:

Celia has also contributed to archives at the University of Bedford and Brunel University:

  • Lacrosse scrapbooks, diaries, letters and papers are stored at the Levick Boyd Archive at the University of Bedfordshire
  • Academic papers, letters and publications  related to abuse and protection in sport are stored at Celia Brackenridge Collection Brunel University London, under Special Collections

The AWF, as part of the University of Chichester, has an ambition to develop the website into a resource that captures the work of activists and scholars who have helped shape today’s women and sport movement.

We would be pleased to receive comments on the website and suggestions for its development.

Please contact Lucy Piggott regarding any errors or omissions to the website, or to make suggestions for the inclusion of additional content: