The Sports Campaign is an important part of White Ribbon activities.
We have commitments to support WRC from Football, Rugby League, Rugby Union Ice Hockey, Boxing, and Cricket teams. Details of our work in each of these areas is available from the office, and in most areas in the Campaign areas below.
David James is a committed White Ribbon Campaign supporter, and in 2009 we had support from over 80 professional footballl teams. Leagues, and referres Associations have also issued statements supporting the campaign.
The Football report 2008 lists some of the clubs who gave us support during that year, including the wonderful letter from Milan.
The Scottish FA has been a strong supporter of White Ribbon Campaign in Scotland and all the clubs support the campaign in November. Hearts and Hibs wore a special White Ribbon kit on January 3rd, the date of their derby match last year.
A Sunday league team in Leeds, republica International came back as World Cup winners of the Kick Sexism Cup from a World tournament in Italy in 2009 partly because of their involvement with the White Ribbon Campaign. Their senior Men's team has White Ribbons on their normal shirts.
Amir Khan World Light welterweight Champion and Carl Froch former World Supermiddleweight champion are both White Ribbon campaign supporters. You can read Amir Khan's statement of support here.
The trainers at Halifax Star Boxing Club wear t-shirts which have right across the back-Halifax Star Boxing Club supporters of the White Ribbon Campaign to end Violence against women
White Ribbon Campaign has some great ambassadors. In New Zealand WRC is represented by Ruben Wiki, the most capped player in the history of Rugby League, and in the UK by Frank Watene and Ikram Butt. White Ribbon Campaign in Australia was the chosen charity at the 2006 TriNations Championship between Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain, and leading clubs in Great Britain have shown their support. Neil Turner MP, the Governments Ambassador to Rugby Football League has commented ‘We whole heartedly support this invaluable campaign and will at every opportunity speak out against women’s domestic violence." He was speaking with other leading Rugby League figures at the House of Commons. Most Superleague clubs run a White Ribbon activity during their season.
Wales takes the lead in rubgy union teams campaigning for White Ribbon Campaign. The Ospreys are one of the leading teams to have made a statement. Ospreys winger Nikki Walker said “This is a very worthwhile campaign and we would encourage those who have not yet pledged their support, to take a couple of minutes out of their next training session to put on a white ribbon and take a photo which can be uploaded on to the Wales Tackles Domestic Abuse website”. Former Welsh star Derwyn Jones is a white ribbon ambassador and said "Men are the main perpetrators of domestic violence and it's important we speak out when members of our sex insult or attack women. We need to help create a culture where this sort of behaviour is unacceptable." The Llanelli Scarlets star Daffyd Jones and WRU Chair David Pickering have also backed the campaign. The BBC did an interview about Wales team working to support white ribbon campaign. You can watch a video interview with Wales team manager Alan Lewis and see the huge white ribbon embalzoned on the front of the Wales team bus.
Denis Lillee, one of the games all time cricketing legends, is a White Ribbon Campaign Ambassador.
We were lucky enough to have Professor Michael Flood as one of our speakers at our second All Party Parliamentary Group, and to have him facilitate a workshop on building partnerships in engaging men in gender equality. Michael is a world renowned researcher on engaging men in violence prevention, and his visits to the UK are rare. We were also really excited to have Sam Smethers speaking - a strong advocate for engaging men in gender equality initiatives, and CEO of the Fa We were delighted to present Oasis Academy Lister Park in Bradford, with the White Ribbon Accreditation plaque. The first Academy to be accredited in the North of England.
Our founder Chris Green OBE was in attendance, as well as our Sports Campaign Manager, Ikram Butt.
Rev. Steve Chalk, the founder of Oasis, commented, "I am delighted that Oasis Lister Park is contributing to the vital work of raising awareness of and eradicating violence against women & girls."
We were delighted to present Oasis Academy Lister Park in Bradford, with the White Ribbon Accreditation plaque. The first Academy to be accredited in the North of England.
Approximately 80,000 women suffer rape and attempted rape every year.