That's how football can make you feel
Women’s football has always been political (small p).
100 years ago, the very act of playing football challenged the social norms, so much so that the then FA banned the women’s game in 1921 (until 1971).
100 years ago, women’s matches raised funds for good causes, be that returning soldiers, women’s organisations or striking miners’ families, the act that was probably the last straw for the authorities.
So we see our #EqualityFC campaign for gender equality in football in that long tradition: Using football as an engine for social change. We are now joining up with like-minded organisations that support women in society.
Lewes FC is offering a place to come together (with free match tickets for member groups) and using our network of social media and contacts to promote the fantastic work that SisterShips members do.
And SisterShips are finding that a women’s football match is a great place to meet up, network and just relax and have some fun.
Want to know more? Drop Karen a line at Karen@lewesfc.com
Brighton Women's Centre
"BWC is delighted to support Lewes FC in their SisterShip initiative. BWC’s mission is to empower women through reducing gender inequality. Our mission sits perfectly with Lewes FC, the only women’s team in the world to be paid the same as the men. We are thrilled to be working together to make gender equality a reality for women in Sussex."
"RISE is proud to support Lewes FC and their pioneering Equality FC campaign. As a women’s sector organisation whose principals are rooted in feminism, it is encouraging to see one of our local clubs leading the way in equality standards. We hope to see other football clubs worldwide following suit!"
The Girls Network
"The Girls' Network aims to connect teenage girls with positive female role models. We're so grateful to partner with the wonderful women at Lewes FC, who inspire our girls every day!"
"FiLiA recognises the stance Lewes FC has taken in respect of the inequalities that exist within the sport, in particular equal pay, literally flying in the face of over 100 years of inequalities - being the first ever club to pay the same rate to both men’s and women’s teams. It sends a clear message that equal pay is not only long overdue and something to aim for, but is possible now. FiLiA looks forward to supporting the club in its future endeavours in addressing inequity within the sport in its broadest context."
Lewes Women In Business
“As a not-for-profit community organisation ourselves, LWB is proud to support Lewes FC. We believe equality in sport is spearheading greater equality across the board, with direct benefits for all women running their own business.”
"We wholeheartedly believe in the ground-breaking work that Lewes FC is doing with their Equality FC campaign. Professional sport should be as accessible and realistic a career option for young women as it is for young men - equal pay, resources and investment are key. Lewes FC are leading the way in this area and we are proud to support their important work."
Lewes Rugby Football Club
"This campaign aligns with our view that sports should be actively made accessible to all - no matter the gender, shape or size. We work tirelessly to smash perceptions, champion inclusivity and write our own story."
"Oasis Project works throughout East Sussex to give help and hope to women, children and families affected by drug and alcohol problems. We feel a natural kinship with Lewes FC and the Equality FC campaign and are delighted to be aboard the Sistership! May the journey be plain sailing with a nice bit of tail-wind!"
The Old Market - Reigning Women Season
"Reigning Women is delighted to be part of the SisterShip! We’re in awe of the work that Lewes FC is doing to challenge inequality in football, and are proud to be partnering up with them for The Old Market's Reigning Women season. Here’s to many more years of partnership and support!"
“Our core values at Survivors’ Network include Empowerment, Feminism and Commitment to Equality. The amazing work done by Lewes FC to lead the way in celebrating, uplifting and encouraging women fits these values perfectly, and we are proud to work alongside them to continue the fight for equality.”
East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service
"ESFRS works in partnership with local organisations who strengthen the choices for females in our community, by working together to drive an inclusive culture & promote gender equality."
University Of Sussex - Active Us
“Active US and Sussexsport are constantly impressed and inspired by the amazing work that Lewes FC has achieved, and continue to achieve, to address inequality in sport. Across the University of Sussex, our US Girls Can campaign empowers women to get active as we strive to reduce the gender gap in sports participation. We are proud to be part of the SisterShip and look to Lewes FC as a campaigning club who lead the way and provide a model of equality to aspire to.”
"Byline Festival salutes Lewes FC: the only club in the world to bring equality to football. Respect."
"Sussex Police is inspired by the work of Lewes FC and is keen to support its Equality FC campaign, promoting gender equality not only in the local community, but worldwide."
Breast Cancer UK
"Breast Cancer UK raises awareness of the preventable risk factors for breast cancer. We provide practical information to help empower women to take control of their health and take action to lower their risk of developing breast cancer. We campaign for national policy change to support prevention, and fund scientific research to help improve our understanding of how to stop the disease. We’re excited to join the SisterShip which will help us share our prevention message with more women, empowering them to reduce their risk."
"Soroptimist International is a global women's voluntary organisation. Our projects aim to Educate, Empower and Enable women and girls so that they can reach their full potential. The East Grinstead Soroptimist Club stands with Lewes FC to fight inequality both on and off the pitch."
"We know from experience of working with young girls just how important it is to make sure we provide spaces for girls to thrive, to have their voice heard and equal opportunities. We firmly believe that the road to equality is paved by deeds not words, so we’re extremely proud to partner with Lewes FC who are paving the way forward for equality with their deeds."