Equality

The Constuction Cup is #notjustforboys

In 2016 we launched our #CC2016Equality campaign to encourage more women to take part in the Construction Cup. At present, the construction industry only represents 11% of women, with 1% of women on site. Therefore in 2016 we asked each team include a female player in order to qualify for a full 7 person team (including two subs).

Our female footballers played for two minutes at the beginning of each match and although a little daunting for some, our equality campaign saw over 30 women join the pitches to play alongside their male colleagues under the Wembley Arch.

We are proud to have so many women join us in 2016, and here is what they thought…

“I thoroughly enjoyed the event and really felt part of my team. It was nice to be given the opportunity to play as usually people seem to think we’d rather play a game of netball than football!”

Lucy Gladwin, Turner & Townsend

“I was extremely nervous before the tournament - however many of the other ladies on the day were in a similar situation. Involving women in the tournament promoted equality in an industry which is still fairly male dominated. I’ll be back next year!”

Georgina Cook, Quantity Surveyor

“It was a great experience and I felt very welcome by all. It’s great to see so many companies investing in their employee’s wellbeing. Can’t wait for next year!”

Sarah Louise Gibson, Knauf

“In my 15 years’ experience in the construction industry this is the first time i’ve seen a significant event going beyond encouragement to include female participants — one step closer to equality.”

Merceds Alvarez‐Fojo, Knauf

“It’s brilliant to see men and women playing football together, in a competitive environment. The campaign #notjustforboys seemed to have worked with the success of the tournament.”

Connie Suffren, Make Architects

“Having grown up in the Spice Girls’ “girl power” era, I am very supportive of equal opportunities for women but was a bit apprehensive about playing football. I needn’t have worried — I thoroughly enjoyed it!”

Georgina Wilmott, Kier Construction

“It was fantastic to see women in construction being supported and encouraged to take part in the competition.”

Jennifer Moore, Gardiner & Theobald

“It was SO amazing to see so many ladies of all ages playing at The Construction Cup League 2016! And even more incredible to see the ladies really becoming part of the teams and being hugely encouraged and praised by the referees and ALL the teams who were either playing or spectating. Everyone there was so supportive of each other which created a brilliant day. I can’t wait for the next one! ”

Hannah Abbott, Sweett Group

“The profile of women’s football has grown massively in recent years whilst the construction industry increasingly pushes to improve the numbers of its female workforce — what a great idea to bring the two together. I had a highly enjoyable day and am proud to have been part of a tournament that encourages women to participate in both sport and construction. ”

Terri Baker, Kier Construction

“I’m a female construction manager and have been for over 11 years, I decided to have a go at the Construction Cup and it was the best thing ever! I had so much fun and realised that it’s such a great way to get fit and have fun all at the same time. Since the event I’ve been playing football with my friends and family.”

Selda Scott, 8build

“The tournament was surprisingly fun with a bit of competitiveness. Definitely better than spectating.”

Zoanne Cadzow, Fulkers