NRF Gender Equity Charter - partnering with clubs on inclusivity

NRF is teaming up with eight clubs to launch our NRF Gender Equity Charter, a public commitment to growing inclusiveness in football clubs, which was launched at NRF's Wahine in football event on Friday night.  

 “The Charter is really exciting for the whole football community, and what better time to launch than during a FIFA Women’s World Cup in our backyard?” said NRF CEO Laura Menzies.  “By committing publicly to equity, this group of clubs are committing to positive change. Making our game more inclusive will help it grow sustainably and better reflect our diverse communities. We know there are clubs doing great work in this space, this is about working together to lift equity throughout our game in a strategic way,” said Laura Menzies. 

 The Charter is about benchmarking where clubs are now, where they want to get to and the steps that are needed, focusing on: 

  • Leadership - Leadership and governance that reflects and supports gender equity
  • Participation - Equitable participation and development opportunities, including juniors and youth girls-only football
  • Visibility - Make girls and women visible, showing their value in our club
  • Resources - Equitable resources and opportunities for girls and women
  • Facilities - Fit for purpose facilities that meet the specific needs of girls and women in our club 


“Every club has its own unique qualities and challenges, and we’ll work closely with this group to provide the support they need. Legacy is about more than lights or pitches, we’re certain this mahi will leverage the buzz around women and girls’ football we have now to grow our game for the future,” said Laura Menzies.  

The first clubs to sign the NRF Gender Equity Charter,  are those with facility upgrades and legacy requirements through FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 - Auckland United, Bay Olympic, Birkenhead United, East Coast Bays, Ellerslie, Mangere United, West Coast Rangers and Western Springs.  

NRF will work on this kaupapa with more clubs in the future, and encourage clubs interested in learning more about the Equity Charter to speak with their NRF Area Manager.  



















Article added: Saturday 29 July 2023


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