WITH the help of a former Isle of Wight footballer, women will be striving for an equal playing field when they take part in a football match on Mount Kilimanjaro in a project launched today to mark International Women’s Day.
If the match — set to happen in June — succeeds, the two teams of female players will break the Guinness World Record for the highest altitude football game ever played.
The Equal Playing Field initiative has been launched today (March 8) as part of the International Women’s Day efforts to increase opportunity for women in sport.
Among the organisers is ex Isle of Wight and Shanklin Ladies player Maggie Murphy, who also captained Oxford University women's team.
During her career she has played for clubs in the Netherlands, Germany, Guadeloupe, Tanzania and Rwanda and she is now head of communications for the Equal Playing Field organisation, which is campaigning for equality in sport.
Yesterday (Tuesday), Maggie took part in a FIFA conference on equality and inclusion in football.
The Equal Playing Field players, from more than ten countries, include former Canadian national Sasha Andrews and former German World Cup star Petra Landers.
For more details, see Friday's County Press.

Reporter: bonniem@iwcpmail.co.uk