"We believe football is for everyone, and we’re fully behind this campaign"
The Club is delighted to announce a partnership with #HerGameToo, a campaign founded and led by female football fans which aims to eradicate sexism within football.
The Blues join a number of league clubs that have shown their support for the campaign which sets out for women and girls of all ages to feel confident and safe sharing their opinion about football online and in real life without fear of sexist abuse.
Founded by 12 passionate female football fans, #HerGameToo, launched in May 2021 by posting a video which has almost two million views.
The Club is pleased to announce the below fulfilments as part of the partnership:
- A dedicated #HerGameToo weekend on April 2 and 3 when the men’s first-team welcome Cambridge United to Portman Road before Town Women face Southampton at the Goldstar Ground.
- A new WhatsApp group for female fans has been created and will be chaired by Club supporter liaison officer, Liz Edwards. The aim of the group will be for friendships to be formed and for women and girls to feel included at Portman Road and other stadia. If you would like to join the group, please email Liz – email@example.com
- The Community Trust will continue to invite a local girls team to a League match at Portman Road.
- Throughout this season, the Community Trust has been allocating ballpersons bookings for each match to a local girls team, and this will continue.
- #HerGameToo posters will be in place around Portman Road with a hotline to contact if you witness sexism.
Founder of #HerGameToo, Caz May, said: “It's fantastic to have a club the size of Ipswich Town on board with the #HerGameToo campaign.
“Sexist abuse and misogyny surrounding football has always been a big problem - so one of our biggest aims is to build a safer space for all female supporters.
“We are delighted we can work in partnership with Ipswich Town to raise awareness and create a safe space for female staff & supporters at Portman Road. We would like to thank Ipswich Town FC and their fans for the support."
Town’s chief executive, Mark Ashton added: "The Club is delighted to be partnering with #HerGameToo. Ipswich Town want women and girls of all ages to feel comfortable coming to Portman Road.
“We believe football is for everyone, and we’re fully behind this campaign.”
Town's supporter liaison officer, Liz Edwards, has been integral to the partnership and will be overseeing the newly launched WhatsApp group, and Liz commented on the importance of the partnership.
"This is a really important partnership. We have many female fans who travel to home and away games with friends, with family or on their own.
"Chair of the Ipswich Branch of the Supporters Club, Irene Davey has notched up 77 years of support, whilst others are in their very first season – all are equally important to the Club.”
To find out more about the #HerGameToo campaign, please click here.