FEWI Sporting Sponsorships
When women support each other,
incredible things happen
In 2022 FEWI developed a Sporting Sponsorship scheme committed to supported women and girls sport across the county. It is hoped that this initiative will reach a new audience, making them aware of the WI, perhaps leading to the players, the women in their families and those attending looking at joining their local WI. We also hope that it may encourage our members to start enjoying sporting activities that they may not otherwise have tried which, in turn, may improve their well being and support their mental health.
October 2023 update – we are delighted that the Federation’s sponsorship of the various women’s and girl’s teams in Essex has been so successful this year and the Trustees have agreed to continue the scheme for a further year.
We will also be looking at other initiatives and groups that we could sponsor that will help women across the county, so if you have any suggestion of women’s groups – e.g. choirs, artist groups, am dram, music groups, Morris dancing, etc. please do get in touch.
The intention of our sponsorship scheme is to, not only support women, but also to encourage women to be more active physically, more active in their community and also hopefully to inspire more women to join their local WI.
The successful collaborations that we have made with various women’s and girls sports across the county are outlined below.
Women’s Ice Hockey – Chelmsford Cobras and Pythons
We are a Gold sponsor with our logo on their team shirts and helmets and a rink-side ad-board at Riverside ice rink in Chelmsford.
It is free to spectate the womens games at Riverside Ice rink in Chelmsford. If you would like to support our sponsored teams here are the dates for the upcoming home games:-
22nd October 2023
17:00 Chelmsford Pythons v Peterborough Phantoms
18:45 Chelmsford Cobras v Bracknell Firebees
17th December 2023
17:00 Chelmsford Pythons v Streatham Storm
18:45 Chelmsford Cobras v Milton Keynes Falcons
14th January 2024
17:00 Chelmsford Pythons v Cambridge Kodiaks
18:45 Chelmsford Cobras v Swindon Topcats
11th February 2024
17:00 Chelmsford Pythons v Slough Sirens
18:45 Chelmsford Cobras v Kingston Diamonds
10th March 2024
17:00 Chelmsford Pythons v Solent Amazons
18:45 Chelmsford Cobras v Bristol Huskies
14th April 2024
17:00 Chelmsford Pythons v Cardiff Comets
18:45 Chelmsford Cobras v Sheffield Shadows
5th May 2024
17:00 Chelmsford Pythons v Oxford Midnight Stars
18:45 Chelmsford Cobras v Solway Sharks Ladies
19th May 2024
17:00 Chelmsford Pythons v Coventry Phoenix
18:45 Chelmsford Cobras v Nottingham Vipers
Girls Rugby – Essex U18s
Our sponsorship enabled the Essex U18’s to purchase new match shirts with our logo on their backs. Andrea Church the Manager for Essex Women and Girls Rugby says “Our involvement with the WI last season brought lots of smiles to people’s faces reflecting what seem to be two very different ends of a wide spectrum. However, what it actually represents is one group of women who get together to learn and expand their friendships and knowledge supporting another group doing exactly the same.” We are delighted that they feel this way about our sponsorship.
Women’s Golf – Essex Ladies County Golf Association
We are sponsored Essex Ladies Inter Club Final – the Harris Bowl 2023 in October and will continue our sponsorship in 2024.
The Harris Bowl itself is one of ELCGA’s oldest trophies and is a direct link back to a founding member of ELCGA. It was originally presented by Miss Harris, from Halstead, who was the first County Secretary of the Association. There is mention of her in records from 1901. The trophy was originally presented for an individual competition and was awarded for many years. It was repurposed when the Harris Bowl inter club competition was introduced in 2005 and has become the most popular competition that ELCGA runs year on year.
Key dates for the Harris Bowl Inter-Club 2024 competition are as follows:-
- All league match have to be played by the 4th August 2024. There are 8 leagues and 46 teams make up those leagues
- Quarter Finals are held on Thursday 29th August, venue TBA
- Semi Finals are held on 12th September, venue TBA
- Finals are held on 13th October venue TBA
The sponsorship amount is used to supply mementos to each team who reach the final and to offset their practice rounds at the relevant finals venue as well as with expenses regarding the catering on the day.
Active Essex – This Girl Can Women Like Us Festival 2023
From 6th – 12th March 2023, across the week of International Women’s Day on 8th March, This Girl Can Essex ambassadors came forward to host free activity sessions to women and girls across the county, for one big Women Like Us festival! Each session was delivered in a non-judgemental, fun and friendly environment, empowering women of all ages and abilities to move in their way, and try something new! A wide range of classes were offered, giving women the chance to try new activities, such as post-natal Pilates, open-water swimming, yoga, walking groups, Zumba dance, drumming and singing, and so much more! FEWI supported this event as it was an ideal opportunity to support women getting active across the county and we are delighted that it was so successful.
Women’s Bowling – Essex County Women’s Bowling Association
We are sponsored their Unfinished Finals Day in August 2023 and have a full page ad in their 2023 Handbook.
Women and Girls Cricket – Essex Women’s Softball Cricket
We sponsored Essex Cricket for the 2023 season. We are helping to provide softball cricket to over 250 women across Essex and East London, culminating in a Finals Day at the Cloud County Ground in Chelmsford. Softball cricket is designed as an easily accessible form of the game, particularly for new players, of all ages. This funding will help get women active and in social spaces outdoors over the summer, many of whom do not engage in other physical activity. And we hope that it will introduce the WI to their players. We were the named sponsor of their Essex Softball Series with 27 teams across Essex and East London and a 7 team finals day at the county ground in Chelmsford on July 30th 2023. We have also sponsored two full team kit bags and two sets of team shirts.
Essex Cricket are also offering our members the chance to attend professional women’s cricket games at Essex Cricket as well as the chance to try the game themselves. Look out in the magazine and bulletins for details about fixtures, free tickets, and taster days.
“With the launch of cricket in the Commonwealth Games and the Hundred, there has never been as much interest in Women’s Cricket as there is now, and we love to see that interest continue to grow in new audiences. Cricket is such an open sport that can be enjoyed in so many ways other than just playing. Like the WI, cricket creates long lasting friendships and ways of helping local communities; we look forward to working together more in the future.”
Donna Harrington (Terling WI) playing Softball Cricket
Women’s Basketball – Essex Rebels
September 2023 – Our sponsorship of the Essex Rebels Women’s Basketball team is now up and running, and their season has already started. They are based at the Essex Sports Arena which is located at the University of Essex south east of Colchester. Part of our sponsorship gives us a number of tickets to watch all of their home games this season. If you would like tickets to any of the games below, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to accommodate you on a first come first served basis. The game on the 9th March 2024 will be especially fun because this one will celebrate International Women’s Day 2024, so many of our Trustees will be attending to represent the Federation. If you would like to attend this one, look out for when the tickets for that game are released by the Rebels on Eventbrite.
ESSEX REBEL WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HOME FIXTURES
Saturday 18 November 4pm
Saturday 9 December 4pm
Saturday 16 December 4pm
Saturday 17 February 4pm
Saturday 2 March 2024 4pm
Saturday 9 March 2024 4pm – book tickets on Eventbrite
Saturday 23 March 2024 4pm
Sunday 14 April 2024 4pm
Saturday 27 April 2024 4pm