European Conference on Women in Sport kicks-off in London16 September 2011

The European Women in Sport Conference 2011 will kick-off today with sports governing bodies, athletes, coaches, grassroots groups and government representatives in attendance.

The conference is a joint event from the European Women and Sport and the Council of Europe through EPAS (Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport) and brings together sports leaders and opinion formers from across Europe, in what is a leading forum for women's sport.

The EWS2011 agenda will be focused on debating and celebrating women in sport. The conference will explore, among other things, the commercial value of women's sport, high performance coaching culture and women's contribution to medal success.

Speakers include Androulla Vasilliou, European Commissioner for Sport, Sir Philip Craven MBE, president of the International Paralympic Committee, and William Gaillard, adviser to the UEFA president.

To find out more, including a full list of speakers and programme, go to