Walsall Football Club are delighted to announce a partnership with #HerGameToo, a campaign which aims to raise awareness of sexism in football.
The campaign, which was launched by a group of 12 female football fans on the day of last season’s Emirates FA Cup final, has received widespread support and amassed 14,000 followers on Twitter.
The Saddlers have joined a number of EFL clubs in partnering with #HerGameToo and we’re committed to combatting sexism in football as well as all other forms of discrimination.
Since the campaign's launch, #HerGameToo has surveyed over 400 female football fans to build a wider picture of the experiences they have faced. Of those who took part, 92.3 per cent said they have seen sexist abuse targeted towards women in football online. Elsewhere, 62.8 per cent said they have experienced sexist abuse online because of football while 58 per cent said they have experienced sexist abuse at a football game or whilst watching in a pub/bar.
As part of our partnership with the campaign, posters will be displayed around the stadium, a presence on the big screen, have their logo on the Walsall Ladies page of the programme and we will also have a dedicated #HerGameToo match later in the season.
#HerGameToo founder Caz May said: “We are delighted to have Walsall FC on board with the Her Game Too campaign.
“It's so important to have the backing of professional football clubs so we can build a safe space for females involved in football across the country.
“We look forward to working with Walsall FC to tackle sexism in the game and improve the overall atmosphere to make it more inclusive for all.”
Walsall Supporter Liaison Officer Graham Whittaker added: “We’re delighted to partner with #HerGameToo.
“We at Walsall Football Club want women and girls of all ages to feel confident to attend matches both home and away.
“Please contact me at SLO@walsallfc.co.uk to discreetly report discrimination at the stadium.”
#HerGameToo is committed to ending sexism in football, and ten of their keys aims are:
- Create awareness
- Develop a strong sense of community
- Create regular content to champion women in football (players, staff AND fans)
- Create strong relationships with clubs
- Create strong relationships with club trusts and communities
- Have a presence at football grounds and sports bars to build a more welcoming environment for young girls and women
- Continue to campaign against sexism in football
- Continue to campaign against online abuse