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  by  , Friday 8 September 2017, Categories: Welcome

  Home to Tom Paine from the 18th century, Lewes is famous for being descended upon by tens of thousands each year who join in with the night celebrations of the seven societies of the town. Donald Trump effigies were in vogue year. In 2007 there was representing Brighton & Hove Albion a seagull torched, a statement concerning the proximity of the Seagulls 'stadium in Falmer. It is logical that a rebellious city has a rebellious soccer club, and Lewes FC enjoy the label. As Charlie Dobres, a board brother, puts it: "With Brighton & Hove Albion just down the street and in the Premier League, a club such as Lewes must be about more than simply winning on the pitch. This does not appeal to folks and has a sense of significance. It appeals to football fans but it does not connect with the town."

  Using a constitution that enshrines community benefit in its heart, the most recent step of the tiny fan-owned soccer club hit the headlines on 12 July after the board announced that agreement had been reached to set funding and pay parity between their men's and women's groups. It's sparked a debate. A daring effort branded "Equality FC" started with a strong video where they assert to be the first expert or semi-expert side to make the move.
When the WSL was established and Women's Super League they campaigned for marketing between the Women's Premier League and membership was licensed. Now and Sheffield, Brighton & Hove Albion Tottenham all have benefited from that effort. Ladies dropped in their title only before the recent switch of Arsenal off from the term. Their women's team use the primary pitch for matches together with the team of the men of the club.
It was the association remit that fed the fiscal change: "The evolution and revolution of the women's side here needed to happen because you can not honestly say that you are a community benefit society if half of the population aren't being treated equally," Dobres said.


  Some people today use earnings and crowd size as barriers but they're red herrings. They are the way. We looked at Billie Jean King's struggle for prize money in tennis, in the funding in biking and we watched our girls putting in just as many hours as the guys and thought: 'Why would not you? '''
"It will put the brakes on a bit since you start having discussions about the dangers and challenges. Since you are so excited that you are just going to crack this ceiling it can be tricky and you are having to have conversations which may hold you back. This was difficult."
Some might wonder whether this parity is achievable only when a club's ownership model isn't solely motivated by profit. But Dobres isn't sold on this: "This is as much a business decision in addition to being the perfect thing to do," he says. "It'll make you money. They ought to invest in their women's team when an owner enjoys making profit. Even if you can not stand women's soccer, even when you're the greatest sexist possible, the profit motive says invest in your women's group." The avenues for growth have become more competitive and smaller. That's the reason the biggest clubs spend time trying to crack new markets in the United States and Asia. In its infancy huge potential is offered by women's soccer.


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