As part of International Women’s Day 2022, we speak to leaders within the NSFA organisation to discuss the #BreakTheBias campaign. Our second interview is with NSFA Board Member Lee Sullivan.
This year’s theme for IWD is break the bias, what does that mean to you?
It is about treating every person the same, regardless of who they are, their background or gender.
How do you feel NSFA is breaking the bias and striving for equality?
NSFA now offers identical opportunities at competitive, representative and clinic levels, regardless of gender. NSFA has invested in a number of programs over a number of years in order to achieve this. One measure of success is that almost one third of NSFA players now are non-male.
In your role as an NSFA Board Member how do you support and celebrate women’s successes?
It is crucial on the Board to ensure equal investment in all aspects of the game, regardless of gender, age or background. Tactically, the Board consciously ensures the agenda is equally weighted across all aspect of the game. The Board will always encourage increased non male proportionate participation for both males, coaches, referees and Board members. Simple things are also important, such as the symbolism of having equal size trophies for Men and Women Premiership winners.
Can you share how you envision the future in terms of equality?
Football is the world game. It is imperative for us to ensure this is reflected in all respects for the microcosm of this we are trusted by our members to administer. There is a place in our game for everyone!
Click here for more information about International Women’s Day and the #BreakTheBias campaign.