Rachels Record Breaking KILA Climb
I will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania with 30 female footballers, most of whom have played pro in multiple countries and been part of UEFA, Euro's or World Cup competitions, in addition to a medical team and film crew.
We will be playing the highest altitude game of football ever played at 18,871 feet in thin air. We will break a world record by doing so and an independent film will be made to record our epic journey.
Why are we doing this? Simple.
Equality. Opportunity. Respect. Nothing more. Nothing less.
We would like to raise awareness of the plight of women in sport across the globe, some of which risk their lives just to play. Thousands of women have had to flee their countries after becoming predominant in their sports and promoting sport to women and girls in their countries.
In addition to this, 'equal pay for equal play' should not even be something we have to fight for. Every woman has a mountain to climb and we'd like to help make that climb feel less of a struggle for women everywhere.
My aim is to raise £5,000 for the Equal Playing Field Initiative (Fb, Twitter & Insta @equalplayingfield or #EPF) which will assist towards enabling this incredible team of women to run football camps for girls in the week post-climb in developing countries across the globe (already confirmed, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, South Africa, Argentina, Afghanistan, Jordan, Indonesia, Nepal, LA, Mexico, London, Italy and many more).
We hope to inspire women and girls living in poverty and/or countries that challenge a women's right to participate, to perform and to excel.
Dates: 18th - 26th June 2017
Opportunity, equality, respect. NOTHING MORE, NOTHING LESS.
We are delivering the Guinness World Record highest elevation football (soccer) game in history (for any gender) – played by a combination of worldwide female pros, competitive enthusiasts and football charity graduates, on top of Mount Kilimanjaro in June 2017. The playing field is not equal, so 2 years ahead of the next Women's World Cup we aim raise awareness and funding for global women's football development.
Phase 1: teams will trek to the top, build the pitch, and play a full 11-side 90-minute official match with FIFA referees.
Phase 2: run a week of simultaneous global training clinics through existing football/soccer charities for girls and women in 10* countries.
OUR GOAL is to support local charities that focus on developing women’s football for all the reasons that sports are great for society and especially critical for women. But further, we care about sustainability, supporting structures that provide a long-term ability to play. Statistically, once teenagers the majority of girls give up on sports, or are told they can never play again. We must do better to challenge this norm and every other fixed inequality girls and women face in sport and in life.
ALL FUNDING will be used to~
1. Hold the game. (medical team, referees, technical support)
2. Sponsor the players.
3. Deliver the global clinics.
4. Invest inour partner charities existing programmes in each country.
Why this project? Why now?
To provide a platform for women to support other women to achieve something incredible at a time when female athletes and leadership have never been more in the spotlight, and motivate more women to do so.
To highlight the multitude of benefits that access to sport provides women and everyone else: self-respect, leadership, teamwork, and merit-based advancement, not to mention improved health, supporting women’s equality and overall gender mainstreaming.
To challenge the social norms for girls and women in sport, what kind of opportunities are available, the acceptance and respect they earn as athletes and individuals, and what they or anyone else thinks they can achieve.
To acknowledge the systematic, structured inequality that girls and women face not only in sport but in most aspects of their lives, be it access to a classroom or respect in a boardroom, let alone on a football pitch. To recognise talent and ability where it is due. And yet, at its most fundamental, Altitude Football is more than anything about the game and having the opportunity to play, as long as you want to, at as high a level as you are capable of, no matter who or where you are.
Football and sports have long been a means to transcend limitations and prejudice, so this is our way to challenge the inequality and to inspire more women and men to do the same.
So what is this project about?
Our love of the game.
Opportunity, equality, and respect. Nothing more, nothing less.
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