BeIN Sports “delighted and excited” to hike Mt Kilimanjaro to cover all-women football feat for worldwide audiences

London/Amman/Melbourne | May 02 2017

Equal Playing Field is delighted to welcome global sports TV network, BeIN Sports as official media partner for an all-female football Guinness World Record attempt. In June two football teams comprised of female players from more than 20 countries will play a full 90-minute FIFA regulation game just below the Summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. The women will play it out at an altitude 2 kilometres higher than the world’s highest football stadium.

The world record attempt seeks to draw attention to the daily discrimination faced by women seeking to play, compete, coach or work in football and raise the profile of inspirational female sporting role models in the media. BeIN Sport are committed to Equal Playing Field’s values of increasing opportunity, equality and respect for women in sport and will broadcast the challenge to their viewership of 250 million.

BeIN Sports Senior Producer, Ben Jacobs, who will hike Mt Kilimanjaro to cover the event said “We are delighted and excited to support Equal Playing Field's world-record attempt, which will provide an innovative and important platform to promote not just equal pay in sport but women's rights more generally. Those participating are extremely inspiring individuals and hopefully the coverage we can provide can help showcase their stories to our global audience. It's a particularly relevant time to do so ahead of the 2017 Uefa Women's Euros which beIN Sports will be covering.”

Erin Blankenship, Equal Playing Field co-founder said “We are delighted to welcome BeIN Sports into our record-breaking squad. They have the vision, commitment and passion we seek to ensure our story can inspire a new generation of women and girls to enjoy all the benefits that being active in a range of sporting roles provides - whether playing, refereeing, coaching or commentating.”

The players joining the challenge include former nationals Monica Gonzalez (Mexico), Sasha Andrews (Canada), Zahra Mahmoodi and Hajar Abufazl (Afghanistan), Esraa Awad (Egypt), Maja Astrom (Sweden), Pamela Conti (Italy), Sandrine Dusang and Julie Soyer (France), Portia Modise (South Africa) and other pro players, competitive amateurs and FIFA accredited referees from Argentina, Indonesia, Jordan, Nepal, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the UK, and the US.

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