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Eighth-tier Lewes FC is about to turn into a trailblazer in English soccer by introducing parity in pay throughout its males’s and ladies’s groups.

The East Sussex membership is the primary within the skilled and semi-skilled recreation to introduce such a scheme, in accordance with the Guardian’s Marcus Christenson. The historic new ruling is a part of numerous groundbreaking modifications drawn up in Lewe’s Equality FC marketing campaign.

Lewes’ ladies’s group is arguably extra aggressive than the lads’s. John Donoghue’s aspect gained the 2017 FA WPL Plate after beating Huddersfield City in April’s ultimate, and final season tussled within the third tier alongside Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, and Crystal Palace.

“We consider that there ought to be a degree enjoying area for ladies in soccer,” stated Lewes director Jacquie Agnew.

“By committing to paying our ladies’s and males’s groups equally, and offering equal useful resource for teaching, coaching and amenities, we hope to spark a change throughout the UK that may assist put an finish to the justifications for why such a deep pay disparity has continued in our sport.”

Different initiatives within the works at Lewes embrace upgrading gear throughout the board and providing equal assets for men and women – a far cry from what Eire‘s ladies needed to cope with till they threatened to strike earlier this yr. The grassroots degree will even be improved, with women and boys being provided equal alternatives to take part.