March 8th 2019

Today, we celebrate International Women’s Day, as we do on March 8th each year.

This year is extra special for us, because we are proud to be working with the #BalanceForBetter Campaign.

The message of #BalanceForBetter is simple: “Everyone has a part to play – all the time, everywhere. From grassroots activism to worldwide action, we are entering an exciting period of history where the world expects balance. We notice its absence and celebrate its presence”

And that is the Leisure Leagues ethos too.

That is why all our leagues are open to everyone everywhere in the world, and that’s why we pioneer football for women where they have found opportunities hard to come by.

Just the other week, The Smurfs won the first ever women’s league in Pakistan – and now other leagues are springing up all around the country.

In the UK, where women’s football is one of the fastest growing sports, mixed and all female teams are a fixture throughout our league network, but that doesn’t mean that the UK leagues aren’t ready to embrace the concept with Media Manager Andy Thorley saying: “#BalanceforBetter is not just something for today. Whilst obviously we welcome initiatives to highlight equality, all days like today should do is focus the mind.

“We all need to work for equality, and building a better world. #BalanceforBetter and enterprises like it are vital in doing that, just as sport – and in particular community leagues like ours all over the world – can be a real driver for change.”

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year It is a focal point in the movement for women’s rights.

After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8 became a national holiday there. The day was then predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations.

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