This June, two teams of female players will climb to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's tallest mountain. After reaching the summit, we will descend to 5785 metres and play the world’s highest ever game of competitive football.
Part One: The Hike
The hike is a challenging seven days climbing to the summit and it is estimated that over 30% of all climbs end in failure so preparation will be key.
Once we reach the crater at just below the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, we will lay down our temporary pitch markings and goals in order to play the football match of a lifetime. A full 90 minutes of football at such altitude has never been attempted and because the air is so thin there is a real danger of altitude sickness.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for everyone involved. To be part of this game will be both personally rewarding as well as helping many others through the involvement of the charities.
Part Two: The Football Clinics
After descending from the mountain, the group will split into smaller teams and run simultaneous football training clinics for women and girls in a several countries.
By partnering with existing charities, running already successful programs, we will raise awareness and amplify their work.
This match and the clinics have been organised to raise awareness for some of the issues women and girls face when playing sport.
From the grassroots, where some girls aren't allowed to play at all, to amateur games, where there is considerably less funding and fewer opportunities, to professionals, where the pay is not equal and the media representation is woefully inadequate.