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The Game Changers

Sport has the power to transform people’s lives, both on and off the field and women's sport has the extra ability to knock down barriers and challenge the status quo.

The Game Changers podcast will give you the chance to sit down with some of the biggest names in women’s sport as they talk frankly about their historic careers, what drives them and how they’ve dealt with some of the toughest challenges they’ve faced.

You may be surprised at what you hear – you’ll certainly be inspired.

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The Game Changers podcast: Fearless Women in Sport

May 12, 2020

Today’s guest, Kelly Simmons MBE, is leading the transformation of professional women’s football in England as the Director of the Women’s Professional Game at the FA. Kelly oversees The FA Women’s Super League, FA Women’s Championship, FA Women’s National League and the Women’s Pyramid of Football.

Kelly’s been an extraordinary trailblazer for the women’s game, having spent over 20 years at the Football Association. Kelly was previously The FA Director of Participation and Development, overseeing the implementation of a £200M four year investment programme into children’s and grassroots football.

In recognition of all Kelly’s incredible work, in 2002 she was awarded an MBE Services to Football and in 2006 she received the BT Sports Industry Award for ‘Leadership in Sport’.

If you're enjoying these podcasts and want to support women's sport further, Sue Anstiss MBE, host of The Game Changers is writing a book 'Game On: The Unstoppable Rise of Women's Sport' with the crowdfunding publisher Unbound. You can pledge your support or find out more here: