Bournemouth 7s Festival has highlighted a significant trend in the realm of sports participation: the remarkable growth and success of female sports at the event, surpassing that of men's sports. A seismic shift in sports culture, where women's sports participation has accelerated, has been developing in recent years.

Since 2019, Bournemouth 7s Festival has witnessed a remarkable surge in female sports participation, culminating in a significant trend where women's sports have outpaced men's sports in growth for the first time. This paradigm shift not only underscores the growing appeal of women's sports, but also reflects a broader societal change towards female sports.

According to recent data from Sport England, there has been a steady increase in the number of women participating in sports across the UK, however, this trend is significantly magnified at Bournemouth 7s Festival, where female athletes are making their mark and nearing the number of male participants taking part over the weekend.

"We are thrilled to see this trend in growth and success of female sports at Bournemouth 7s Festival," said Paul Ashurst, Managing Director of Bournemouth 7s Festival. "Our festival has always been committed to providing a platform for athletes to showcase their talent and to enjoy all that sport has to offer. The fact that women's sports have surpassed men's in terms of growth, speaks volumes about the evolving landscape of sports culture."

At Bournemouth 7s Festival, women's netball, and rugby have emerged as major highlights, generating significant buzz both on and off the field. Netball alone has seen a 17% increase in female teams compared to 2021, and the festival's dedicated women's sports tournaments have become highly anticipated fixtures, attracting top teams and players from across the UK.

In addition to the on-field action, Bournemouth 7s Festival offers a vibrant atmosphere of camaraderie and celebration, with live music performances, and immersive experiences. This unique blend of sports and entertainment has contributed to the festival's widespread appeal and enduring success.