hummel promotes equality in sport with world record match on Mt. Kilimanjaro

 

More than 30 women from 6 continents met in Tanzania to raise awareness of equality in sport by climbing Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. On June 24th, at an altitude of 5729 metres, the women played the highest altitude FIFA approved football match ever and are submitting evidence to have it approved as a Guinness World Record.

 

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 Video: A trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro and a record-breaking football match at an altitude of 5729 metres.

 

Volunteer pro players from across the world

The players who volunteered to take part were a mix of professionals and amateurs aged between 15 and 55 from more than 20 different countries around the world. Players included two-time Olympic Gold medallist and World Cup winner Lori Lindsey from the US, and the retired France international Sandrine Dusang. The two teams, Volcano FC and Glacier FC played the record-breaking match in custom-designed football kits from hummel. The match was played in a crater just below the summit on a FIFA approved pitch with full size goals and lines marked with flour. The two 11-player teams played a full 90-minute game at an altitude almost 2km higher than the highest stadium in the world. The game ended 0-0.

 

Erin Blankenship, co-founder of Equal Playing Field and player from team Glacier FC commented: “The world record was the original idea. Because it was the one thing you can’t challenge. You can’t challenge the fact that you’ve got a group of athletes playing at almost 19,000 ft, it doesn’t matter what gender they are. Building on that, what else do we want to do? What is the story we want to tell? Who and what are the players, organisations and challenges that surround equality in sport and women’s football in particular. This now gives us a platform to work from.”

Football for Peace Co-Founder and International footballer – Kashif Siddiqi, said “Sport can play a great role to challenge current mind-sets, create a positive impact and better opportunities for the next generation of women.”  

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Picture: The two teams, Volcano FC and Glacier FC. The world record match at 5729 metres. Copyright Dana Roesiger

 

Playing for gender equality in sport

Funds raised will go towards a number of football clinics being run by Equal Playing Field and Football for Peace partners in around fifteen countries over the next two years in the run up to the 2018 Women’s World Cup. They aim to support football schools and partnerships with clubs to promote gender equality in sport. The partnership with Equal Playing Field and Football for Peace is yet another in a long list of special sponsorships, where hummel seeks to change the world through sport.

 

Morten Vestberg, Senior Karma & Corporate Communication Specialist from hummel, comments: "No matter your gender, religion or wealth, nothing or nobody should stand in your way when it comes to playing sport. These female footballers have demonstrated that so beautifully. They climbed Africa’s highest mountain to play a football match at an altitude of 5729 metres and set a new world record, while also raising awareness of equality in sport. Together, we must continue to fight against prejudice in sport until there are no more obstacles to playing sport – men and women, on an equal playing field.”

 

hummel is the official kit sponsor for the world record match.

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Picture: The two teams, Volcano FC and Glacier FC. The world record match at 5729 metres. Copyright Dana Roesiger

 

Players and referees

The players come from around 20 different countries and several of them have represented their country at international level. England international Rachel Unitt, two time Olympic Gold medallist and World Cup winner Lori Lindsey from the USA, former German star Petra Landers, former Mexico captain Monica Gonzalez, former Fulham FC and Bahrain international Deena Rahman, Canadian international Sasha Andrews, French international Sandrine Dusang, Scottish FIFA World Cup referee Morag Pirie and pro players, competitive amateurs and FIFA officials from Argentina, France, Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon, Nepal, Rwanda, Sweden, Tanzania, the UK, US and the United Arab Emirates.

More information and partners

 

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Picture: The two teams, Volcano FC and Glacier FC. The world record match at 5729 metres. Copyright Dana Roesiger

 

Contact

Morten Vestberg, Senior Karma and Corporate Communication specialist hummel

mve@hummel.dk, +45 5215 9259

 

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About hummel

Hummel is a Danish sports and fashion brand with a history dating back to 1923. From the vision "Change the World Through Sport", approx. 130 passionate employees work at the head office in Aarhus. The main markets are Scandinavia, Central Europe and Turkey. In addition, there are global distribution channels in another 30 countries. hummel designs, produces and markets sportswear, exercise clothes, equipment and sneakers for both children and adults, men and women. Through the four product categories sport, style, kids, footwear and selected exclusive design co-workers, hummel delivers new styles annually in a complete mix of retro and contemporary trends. Today, hummel is a leader in the Danish sports market, and the brand's DNA and focus on football are manifested among other things in the Danish football team and the Danish Superliga, where 6 of the league's 14 clubs play with the iconic chevrons on the sleeves - AGF, Brøndby IF, Odense Boldklub, SønderjyskE, AC Horsens and AaB. Hummel A / S is part of the Thornico Group