Fulham praised for hosting safe space to discuss female health

The club hosted the Women’s Health Summit in partnership with Elevate and Women in Football

Women in Football members and attendees of the Women's Health Summit at Craven Cottage
Women in Football members and attendees of the Women's Health Summit at Craven Cottage

Women in Football CEO Yvonne Harrison praised Fulham FC for hosting a safe and open space at Craven Cottage for important discussions around female health.

The South West London club hosted the Women’s Health Summit, in partnership with Elevate and Women in Football which provided invaluable insight for female professionals working within the sports industry.

Panels and speaker sessions focused on physical and mental well-being, stress management, nutrition, and a whole host of topical issues.

Harrison admitted the day helped her take on board key pointers to continue to drive positive dialogue within her personal and professional life.

She said: “It was a fantastic occasion; our members have talked so much about the value that they’ve got out of the day.

“Whether it was learning about personal health, nutrition and how we fuel our bodies, coping mechanisms with stress, or responsibility as leaders to bring these conversations to the fore, it’s perfectly normal for female, male and non-binary colleagues to be talking and socialising the idea of female health.

“My mind was buzzing with so much new knowledge, and I’ve really taken away things that I can do personally to improve my performance, protect my space, and equally inspire my team as well.

“It's brilliant to be working with Fulham Football Club and Elevate on this Women’s Health Summit.

“It’s not something that we’ve done before, they bring a whole range of different expertise into our organisation which ultimately will benefit our members who have learned so much.”

Women in Football are a professional network representing 9,000 members working in and around the football industry who support and champion their peers.

Elevate are the UK’s leading workplace well-being provider who bring tailored programmes to employees and employers alike.

The company work with a number of Premier League clubs and have partnered Fulham FC for 18 months as the club works to drive inclusivity and celebrate diversity across their workforce.

Elevate director Ruth Tongue said: “Having had discussions with Fulham and Women in Football, we felt this was a perfect way to bring together women working within football.

“We work to engage, elevate, and give more knowledge around women’s health and the way it can affect things like hormones and how we feel in our job roles.

“We’re trying to break down some of the aspirational things we see in many women, burning the candle at both ends, feeling like we have to be it all.

“Through doing that, we’re risking burnout to our mental health and physical health.

“Women can talk more openly about their health they will feel more able to stay in their current roles and progress.”