Yesterday I was joined by Brighton and Hove Albion manager Hope Powell. She was the coach of the England women's national football team and the Great Britain women's Olympic football team until August 2013. I was excited to speak to Hope about the advances in the women's game at the professional level and how this has impacted staffing and creating an elite environment. When FIFA recently published the Physical Analysis of the Women’s Cup in 2019, Dr Paul Bradley, a Reader in Sports Performance at Liverpool John Moores University and a Consultant for FC Barcelona, commented on the vast changes from the previous tournament four years earlier with running speed improving from 16-32 per cent. That growth was evident off the field as well as the average live match audience was 17.27 million viewers, more than double the average of the 2015 World Cup. I was keen to get Hope's views on these changes from a sports science and environment perspective, as well as her insight into build a culture at the professional level.
You can watch the full replay below.
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