A football club has become the first to pay its women’s team the same as its men’s.
Lewes FC, whose men’s side play in Isthmian League Division One South – the eighth tier of the English game – announced the unprecedented move as part of what they dubbed their ‘Equality FC’ campaign.
As well as pledging to equalise the five-figure budget of its men’s and women’s teams, Lewes said they would provide equal resource for coaching and other staff, upgrade equipment and facilities, and invest in local grassroots to drive participation by both boys and girls.
They said they hoped to spark a change across the UK, where female footballers are paid a tiny fraction of what their male counterparts take home.
That gulf was highlighted two years ago when it emerged England men’s captain Wayne Rooney earned £300,000 per week, while his female counterpart, Steph Houghton – who leads her country at the European Championship starting next week – netted £35,000 over an entire year.