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Lewes FC become first professional club to pay women and men equally
Lewes FC have become the first professional or semi-professional football club to pay their women’s team the same as their men’s team, as part of their Equality FC campaign
By Marcus Christenson

“By committing to paying our women’s and men’s teams equally, and providing equal resource for coaching, training and facilities, we hope to spark a change across the UK that will help put an end to the excuses for why such a deep pay disparity has persisted in our sport. Together with our owners, donors and sponsors, Lewes FC can show that equal pay can be implemented to the benefit of both women and men in sport and beyond.”

The East Sussex club set out their aims as follows:

• Raising and setting the playing budgets for the women’s and men’s first teams at an equal level.

• Providing equal resource for coaching, performance and strength & conditioning staff.

• Upgrading equipment and facilities to meet the standards required by higher football divisions.

• Investment in local grassroots outreach to drive equal participation in football from girls and boys.

The club’s new campaign, Equality FC, aims to raise awareness about gender inequality in football and encourage more support for women’s and girls’ football across the UK and around the world.


 When you’re teammates one week and rivals the following week…s’cute! 

Pre-game handshake between captains. Houston Dash v. Chicago Red Stars 4.15.2017

“The Shooting Star Of The Windy City”

I didn’t really wanna put an incredibly similar (okay, the same) design up twice in a row, but I stumbled across this photo while looking up resources for another project and it was just too good to pass up! One more again to all my Chicagoans, with love. Hope you all like. Bless!


1. Spacious skies, amber waves of grain, majestic mountains, fruited plains
2. Wait, what’s a fruited plain again?
3. We all want some of your fries
4. Two words: ranch dressing
5. We laugh at Uranus
6. We have awesome national and state parks
7. We have awesome nature in general
8. And a secret wish to live in Hawaii
9. After about 10 years old, the fireworks kind of seem the same
10. We know that fireworks parking is the worst kind of parking there is
11. Funnel Cake, while neither funnel nor cake, is still awesome
12. We share the struggle to remove popcorn shells from under our tongues
13. Most of us can’t really sing The Star Spangled Banner
14. But we still get butterflies when we hear The Star Spangled Banner
15. And we pretty much don’t use the word “spangled” except for this song
16. We drive 5-ish mph over the limit
17. And when it rains, we forget HOW to drive
18. We have no queen except one…and we can’t legally say her name but we all know who we mean.
19. We know that the more cheese you add to something, the better it gets
20. We did not actually meet our true love through a rose ceremony
21. We all have that one weird uncle, you know the one
22. We belong to the land that invented jazz
23. And rock ‘n’ roll
24. And baseball
25. And basketball
26. And real football ;)
27. We love lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, and pools
28. But none of us feel 100% great about our current swimsuits
29. Nose hairs
30. Law and Order reruns
31. Nobody knows what the ending of “Lost” meant
32. Everybody thinks they know what the ending of “Sopranos” meant
33. We all think we shoulda won the lottery
34. We love days off, especially when sleeping is involved
35. Love for hot dogs—plain, chili, New York, Chicago-style, tofu, or just a banana split we’re calling a “hot dog” for some reason
36. Cereal for dinner? Sure
37. We all look goofy swatting bugs near our faces
38. We eat through our food holes
39. We pee, especially after beer, wine, or margaritas
40. Unless you don’t drink beer, wine or margaritas (fill in favorite beverage here)
41. We all wonder what happens to swallowed watermelon seeds, but we don’t really want to know
42. We all could have learned a foreign language with the amount of time we’ve spent on Facebook
43. We have really @#$%ing expensive healthcare
44. We think we might read Moby Dick someday
45. We think the next state over is the one that’s full of hicks
46. We’re individualists who care about each other
47. We all want a clean, green, safe world for our kids and grandkids
48. A constitution and government that has stood the test of time, but also grown with us through the centuries
49. Our votes and voices count
50. We know our country’s not perfect, but there’s still no other place we’d rather call home!