Lewes FC Women's Team is using their FA Cup match this Sunday to promote equality and diversity and 100 years since women got the vote.
In February 1918, women in the UK finally got the right to vote (though at first it was only property-owning women over thirty years old).
Lewes FC Women are dedicating their FA Women's Premier League match against Gillingham on February 25th to celebrating the centenary of this event.
The side say they have created their own campaign to #UnlockTheGate to get as many women as possible (guys are welcome too) to come along and support their fantastic women's football team and help build a whole new audience for women's football.
"Because, for too long, 'they' have said "Well, until you get big crowds along to women's football, TV companies, sponsors and the media won't lend their support." But we think this is self-perpetuating ‘nonsense '.
"Women's football is starved of media coverage and sponsorship compared to the men's game so therefore doesn't have the money to invest in building the game even further and, guess what, that means the media and sponsors won't support a sport that has small crowds. And on and on it goes. To stop it going on FOREVER, please come and show your support and help us #UnlockTheGate.
Doors open at 12:30pm on the day and there will be kids' activities, hot food & drink and other fun stuff to do. There's a bus load of supporters arriving with their very own women's fan Kirstie from Brighton and Hove buses who suggested to bosses she would borrow the 'diversity' bus for the day.
Her idea is backed by the company who agreed immediately to back the trip saying they are a great match for Lewes FC as both the club and company believe in and demonstrate equal opportunities.
We have lots of special guests at our @LewesFCWomen matches on Sunday's, this week sees one of our biggest ever guests !— Jane Roberts (@redtop63) February 23, 2018
Come and see The @BrightonHoveBus #Diversity #UnlockTheGate @LewesFCWomen V @gillsladiesfc 2pm The Pan #WeArePremier #FAWPL pic.twitter.com/DirP6O9qVm
We- Bop, Brighton's all female choir will be singing at the ground.
Member Sharon Caple told Juice she can't wait. " I am taking my six year old son as it will be his first football match and its going to be a women's game - what better introduction to the sport! "
The match itself kicks off at 2pm at the Dripping Pan in Lewes.
The side are keen to point out its the same ground where the men's team play because Lewes FC is the home of the EqualityFC campaign to have women's football treated and supported exactly the same as the men's game.