who we are

Equal Playing Field (EPF) is a grassroots, non-profit initiative to challenge gender inequality in sport and to promote sports development for girls and women globally, especially in marginalised country contexts. Specifically it aims to ensure opportunity, equality and respect for girls and women in sport and in life, and does this through a combination of high-profile challenges, implementing grassroots training and empowerment programmes through local and international partnerships, and through its global communications and advocacy platform.  Through its players, coaches, referees, mentors and partners so far EPF has representation in 29 countries on 6 continents, all dedicated to elevating the conversation around women in sport and impacting genuine change at the elite and grassroots levels.

 

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OPPORTUNITY

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EQUALITY

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RESPECT

We believe girls should have the same opportunities as boys to play sports. Over the next two years we're running football camps around the world with female teams. We work with coaches, especially women, to develop their capabilities and build a supportive network. 

We believe girls and women should get a fair wage to play the sports they love. We support teams who are moving towards pay parity. 

We believe girls can do anything and we undertake audacious challenges to show that women and girls who play sport are worthy of respect. We started with a world record to inspire the next generation to challenge the status quo. 

Organisers

Laura has worked on a number of major sports events and development projects, combining the two when working on the Street Child World Cup. She has developed both grassroots projects and Government policy and is always a passionate advocate of equality in the workplace. She made the transition from ballet to football rather late but enjoys playing with different teams and and meeting fascinating people around the world. She has played with, coached, and set up teams in Brazil, Mozambique and Azerbaijan. 

Erin is a life-long player who has played competitively in several countries, from Saudi Arabia, the UK and Scandinavia to the US, China and Afghanistan. After playing professionally in the UK's Women's Premiership for West Ham F.C. and Crystal Palace F.C. during graduate school, she committed to working on conflict, security and development in war-torn and post-conflict countries. Currently in the Middle East working on Syrian and Iraqi crises, Erin continues to play at the highest level available, with men's and women's teams, supporting women's football and sports development wherever possible. 

Maggie works on advocacy and policy on global anti-corruption and human rights issues. She has been playing adult competitive football since she was thirteen, and aside from playing for UK-based clubs and captaining Oxford University, she has set-up, coached or played for teams in Tanzania, Rwanda, Guadeloupe, the Netherlands and Germany. In every setting she's seen how women and girls create and benefit from strong sporting communities, bear and break gender stereotypes and inspire others in their actions.