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Level Playing Field celebrates International Women’s Day 2017

Level Playing Field (LPF) are proud to be celebrating International Women’s Day 2017 and are calling on everyone to #BeBoldForChange in order for us to forge a more gender inclusive world.

Inclusion and diversity is at the heart of everything we do and recognise the tremendous benefits that a fully inclusive and representative society brings. Level Playing Field are making a commitment to #BeBoldForChange and to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, challenge conscious and unconscious bias, call for gender-balanced leadership and value women and men’s contributions equally.

With International Women’s Day falling during our Weeks of Action campaign, we wish to celebrate the women who have made significant contributions to improving access and inclusion for disabled fans.

Celebrating the #GameChangers

Joyce Cook OBE was Chair of Level Playing Field from 2007 until 2016 and in that time proved to be a massive ‘Game Changer’ for disabled sports fans in the UK as well as Europe as Managing Director of Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE).

Joyce oversaw the growth of LPF putting access and inclusion at the top of the agenda resulting in significant improvements to the enjoyment and experience of disabled sports fans who attend sports stadia. Joyce is also active in wider diversity & inclusion campaigns and sat on the FA’s Inclusion & Advisory board, and in October 2016 was appointed Chief Member Associations Officer at FIFA where she manages diversity & inclusion projects.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has been a pioneering force for inclusion and diversity including being a long time supporter and advocate of improved access for disabled supporters. Tanni, a crossbench peer in the House of Lords, was a key force behind the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games being the most accessible and inclusive games ever.

An 11 time gold medallist at the Paralympic games, Tanni has shown the positive impact sport can bring to everyone within society.

Find out more about International Women’s Day