Sports Campaign Introduction

At the beginning of May 2014 White Ribbon embarked on a new Sports campaign. An application to fund the project was submitted to the West Yorkshire Safer Communities Fund. The purpose of the campaign was to reach out to 1000 sports players,10,000 supporters and link to 50 clubs in a wide range of sports to blow the whistle on violence against women. 

The project will run across Calderdale, and adjacent areas in West Yorkshire to use sport as a way of communicating with men and boys over 16, on issues of violence to women and to ascertain the views of men involved either as fans, professional players or players at community level clubs.

 White Ribbon UK received a cheque in the sum of £8,000 from the Community safety Fund to help kick start the project. 

On the success of this work we then applied for more funding and recieved futher help from Lancashire PCC this year to take the project into Lancashire. 

                                  Supporters of the White Ribbon Campaign

  • Airedale Valley RLFC
  • Batley Bulldogs RLFC
  • Bradford City FC
  • Bramley Buffaloes
  • Carlton Junior Infant School
  • Chapletown Yourth Development Centre
  • Dewsbury Rams RLFC
  • Doncaster RLFC
  • Elland ARLFC
  • Featherstone Rovers RLFC
  • Halifax RLFC
  • Hamara - Sporting Chance
  • Hereford United
  • Leigh
  • Leeds Underdogs ARLFC
  • Leeds Rugby Foundation
  • Leeds West
  • Leyton Orient
  • Rochdale Hornets RLFC
  • Rotherham FC
  • Shaw Cross Shark FC
  • South Asian Consortium Kirklees
  • Swinton Lions RLFC
  • Nottingham Rugby Union Football Club
  • Parliamentary Rugby League & Rugby Union Members
  • Worcester - Bromsgrove Crusaders (Bromsgrove Rugby Club)
  • Worcester Wolves
  • Worcester City 
  • Worcester - Kidderminster Harriers FC
  • West Yorkshire Sports

There are at the present time 30 sports clubs, schools and organisations supporting the sports campaign, reaching out through social media to 40,000 people. 
White Ribbon has a Sports Campaign Action Plan that has been developed by Ikram Butt and Chris Green to help sports clubs and others to formulate their approach to gaining the Sports Award. Ikram is a professional Rugby player. He was the first Asian to play Rugby for England and is one of our most active Ambassadors. You can download the Action Plan here .

Every year, three million women and girls experience rape, domestic violence, forced marriage, stalking and sexual exploitation.
The vast majority of violence commited against women is perpertrated by men.

The White Ribbon Sports Award is for clubs to demonstrate their commitment to the aim of the White Ribbon Campaign (WRC): The main aim of our sports campaign is to get all of those involved to wear a white ribbon to raise awareness of the campaign


For further information or advice on completing your action plan, please contact Ikram Butt WRC Sports Campaign Co-ordinator on 07958 329027 or                                                    






Players say

To wear the  White Ribbon is like being, at that moment, a team captain, involvement means respecting the more important values of life. When playing, the violence of one player damages all the team, also in life to ignore violence when we know that violence exists creates damage for all society. We support the White Ribbon Campaign, men against violence.” 

Paolo Maldini, former AC Milan and Italy captain 

 “We can't condone domestic violence against women at any level. This is something we need to try and stamp out. 'By wearing a white ribbon we are making the pledge that we don't condone domestic violence.  'We need to speak up about it and raise awareness. 'As footballers we have the opportunity to get the message out there and it's important we do that.”

David James (England and Portsmouth goalkeeper)


 It's key that clubs publicly endorse local anti-violence activities. Players, managers and supporters can all wear White Ribbons to show their personal commitment to the goals of the campaign.


Play a game in White Ribbon T-shirts/wearing White Ribbons and publicise it and the message of anti-violence in local media.


Place an article in the programme on a home match day (We can supply material for that and you can add local contact information.)


Include a 1 minute speech concerning the WRC over the PA at half-time.


Hold other events that can involve the wider community, such as awareness raising stunts like fun runs.


Events can also be linked in to fund-raising, through bucket collections, ticket sales or sponsorship etc. for local violence against women services or the  national campaign.


Make information on violence against women and girls available at events – we can supply the materials. If your club has a permanent base you can display  materials such as posters or leaflets available to users.


If you work with young people see what attitudes they hold about violence against women, explore the issue and help them to understand it. 



July - August Newsletter 2017

The new White Ribbon Newsletter is now available.

Please click here to see it.


Many thanks

The White Ribbon Team

"Wear a White Ribbon"- A Blog from an Ambassador

“I feel passionately that men need to be involved in ‘calling out’ threats, intimidation and violence by men on women and girls wherever we see it. It’s important for men to be part of the conversation about what’s not acceptable in relationships, in a bar, on the street, in the workplace or online.”


In an inspiring blog post, family lawyer Adam Moghadas, explains why he is an Ambassador for White Ribbon UK.



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45% of UK women have experienced some form of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.

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