UCFB is proud to support the International Women’s Day initiative #BalanceforBetter.

International Women’s Day takes place on Friday 8th March and is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

UCFB’s female students, graduates and staff are at the forefront of the work being done to shape the present and future of the football and sports industry.

Please see below some of our most recent news around the subject and stay tuned on social media for more:


Nike releases first ever female specific England kit for the Lionesses ahead of the 2019 World Cup in France!

Breaking the Glass Ceiling for Women in Sport #IWD2019

Ahead of International Women’s Day 2019 UCFB spoke to some of the highest profile women working in the football and sports industry, to find out what challenges they have faced trying to break in and work at the top level of a male-dominated industry.

Women’s participation in sport has never been higher, with numbers hitting 7.21 million in the UK in 2016. But despite this, over 40% of women working in sport face discrimination, and prize money for men’s football is 40 times higher, than for women.

UCFB student Jawahir Roble looks forward to landmark year for women’s participation in football

With the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup taking place in France this summer, and The Football Association’s Gameplan for Growth strategy aiming to double the number of women and girls taking part in football by 2020, this year promises to be a landmark for women in sport. We spoke with Jawahir Roble, BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Management student at UCFB Wembley, about the progress being made and the importance of empowering women and girls through football.

Read the full story.

Wiktoria Michalik, UCFB student

In Focus: The numbers add up for the future of women’s football

Ahead of this year’s World Cup and following the success of 2015 edition, through its Women’s Football Strategy, FIFA announced that it wanted to double female participation to 60 million and ensure every FIFA member association had at least one female member on its committee by 2026.

A global audience of over 750 million tuned in to the 2015 World Cup, and over one million fans packed into stadiums around Canada. FIFA will be hoping for similar numbers this summer in France as it looks to make the commercial gains it believes now exist in the women’s game.

Read the full UCFB In Focus article here.

Kait Ludwig, Club Marketing & Business Operations Manager at The Rugby Football League

In Focus: Is there a glass ceiling for women in sport?

Governing bodies across the sports industry are now taking more action than ever before to drive inclusivity and equality, and the role of women in sport at all levels, on the pitch and behind the scenes, has never been more sharply in focus. FIFA recently grabbed the headlines by announcing their goal to double female participation in football around the world to 60 million by 2026, and ensure all member associations have at least one female on their board.

See what UCFB Guest Speakers have to say on the subject.

Read about more of UCFB’s inspirational women

Golfer Emma makes history as part of media team at Women’s British Open

‘Women at the top of sport are an inspiration’

Rachel Brown-Finnis: ‘Trailblazers leading the way for women presenting football on TV’

Hope Powell – The roar of the lioness