The European Hockey Championships are underway and it's time to look at the #EquallyAmazing Campaign
Gender equality is at the top of the agenda as England women begin their European Hockey group stage this weekend.
The European Hockey Federation launched a new ‘Gender Balance Charter’ earlier this year supported by a #EquallyAmazing campaign.
The aim is to ‘promote fairness and justice’ within the sport and to ensure that everyone at every level gets access to the same opportunities despite their gender, age, race, religion or skill level.
GB goalkeeper Maddie Hinch said: “#EquallyAmazing is so important for the future generations of the sport because it gives equal opportunities at every level, whether that is the boardroom, grassroots, or even just playing on the pitch itself.”
There are 43 National Associations within the federation and it is hoped each country will continue to put effort into the campaign.
This month three females are joining the executive board at the EHF, hoping that the associations will follow in committing to achieve a minimum of 30% from each gender onto their boards.
The EHF have also promoted gender balance with the introduction of the European Hockey Female Leadership Forum.
CEO of England Hockey and UK Sport Sally Munday said: “I think the gender balance charter is really important. If you look across Europe there are different national associations that are in different places with the balance of men and women.
“We don’t want all women or all men – we want a combination of different genders. Hopefully, the charter will invite people to look at the way their board or organisation is structured and encourage them to diversify.”