Stakes higher than ever as Premier League clubs invest in chance of glory

Chichester City celebrate winning promotion/Lewes promotional pic (Photos: caroline Henry-Evans/James Boyes)

Cbichester City join the Premier League elite where they will be competing against a Lewes side now paying their women the same as their men (Photos: Caroline Henry-Evans/James Boyes)

Love it or fear its consequences, the Super League has ignited a change in women’s domestic football, forcing standards among the genuine challengers in the Premier League to rise inexorably. Continue reading

Lewes equality campaign takes football world by storm

Male and female Lewes footballers (publicity photo for the club's Equality FC campaign), July 2017 (Photo: James Boyes)

Lewes are the talk of football after launching their campaign to bring women’s funding in line with the men’s (Photo: James Boyes)

Ever since Lewes declared to the world that they were going to be “the first professional or semi-professional club to pay its women’s team the same as its men’s team” they have been caught up in a whirlwind of publicity and acclaim.

That publicity machine has been a little slow in delivering some answers to important questions posed by Sent Her Forward.

But with a little help from one of the club’s owners – and an e-mail with answers of sorts from the company handling their media requests – here is Sent Her Forward‘s take on a historic week in the life of Lewes Community Football Club. Continue reading

Sent Her Forward honours 2016/17 – part three: the Dream Teams

Sent Her Forward’s end-of-season awards conclude with those long-awaited dream teams – and there’s a twist this year.

Collage of Roseanne Fine, Danni Cutler and Laura Rafferty (Photos: Crawley Wasps LFC/Beckie Kirkham/Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Roseanne Fine, Danni Cutler and Laura Rafferty make their respective Dream Team starting XIs (Photos: Crawley Wasps LFC/Beckie Kirkham/Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Welcome to the third and final part of this year’s honours – surely the most comprehensive in women’s football. Continue reading

Sent Her Forward honours 2016/17 – part one

Composite photo of Emma Wood, Roy Stannnard, BHASVIC and Jack Wheeler (Photos: Dawn Keegan, Sent Her Forward and Julian Hart)

Emma Wood and Roy Stannard, BHASVIC college team and Jack Wheeler’s Gillingham have all enjoyed great seasons (Photos: Dawn Keegan/Sent Her Forward/Julian Hart)

Season’s over – but the celebrations continue. At least, here at Sent Her Forward they do. The much-anticipated honours are back, with some new categories, some familiar names and some to look out for in the future.

Welcome to part one of the Sent Her Forward honours 2016/17. Continue reading

Wivi team up with Saltdean as young managers seek to inject fresh life into women’s game

Badges of Saltdean United and Worthing UnitedWivi have called it a day. After withdrawing from the South East Counties league midway through last season through a lack of numbers, Haywards Heath and Wivelsfield have decided not to risk re-forming – but their spirit will live on at the heart of a brand new club, Saltdean United Ladies. Continue reading