From Ian Wright to Lady Laura Kenny supporting the new Telegraph campaign to fill the gap between the prize and money between the sexes


Other big supporters include Olympic gold medalist Jessica Ennis-Hill, Billie Jean King Cup winner Anne Keothavong, world champion cyclist Lizzie Deignan, English rugby giants Zoe Aldcroft, Will Greenwood and Poppy Cleall, Scottish captain Rachel Malndely Smith, Scott and Jamie Carragher, current national team players Caroline Weir and Lotte Wubben-Moy, cricket World Cup winners Alex Hartley and Ebony Rainford-Brent, and main ladies golf winners Laura Davies and Justin Rose.

While sports such as athletics, tennis, swimming, hockey, skiing, triathlon, volleyball and cricket have achieved the same cash prizes at world events, others continue to offer very different prizes:

  • In football, the men’s teams at Euro 2020 shared a prize fund of £ 275 million – 20 times more than £ 13.4 million for the women’s Euro 2022;
  • This year’s Champions League will offer £ 1.66 billion to men’s clubs – compared to £ 20 million for women;
  • At the next FIFA World Cup, the prize pool for men will be £ 335 million and for women it has so far pledged at least £ 46 million. The French have received almost 10 times more than the Americans for winning the last World Cup;
  • The Football Association, which has banned women’s football for 50 years, has promised a tenfold increase in prize money in the FA Cup for women from just £ 428,915 this season to £ 3 million next year. That’s up from £ 15.9 million for the FA Men’s Cup, while leading clubs already benefit from the multi-billion pound Premier League;
  • The Men’s and Women’s Open Golf Championships are expected to miss more than £ 3.5 million in total prize money this year;
  • The July Tour de France Femmes will offer the winner £ 42,000 compared to 10 times more (£ 420,000) for the men’s race.

Cyclist Deignan, whose historic Paris-Roubaix victory last year received a first prize of just £ 1,313 compared to more than £ 25,000 for men, said: “Equal cash prizes send a clear message that women deserve equal recognition for their achievements. This must be the expectation of governing bodies, which should lead sport towards equality in their organizations. It’s a necessary step, and it’s been a long time. “

The Six Nations rugby union does not want to disclose its financial data, but a tenth of the annual revenue from the men’s tournament, reportedly around £ 16 million, is paid out according to its performance. There is no such distribution for the women’s tournament. World Rugby says it doesn’t issue a cash prize, but what it calls a “participation grant” in the Men’s World Cup, which is awarded gradually based on performance. There is no such scheme for women, but a “preparatory contribution” for qualified teams. It has also been reported that the Rugby Football Association was prepared to pay English men bonuses of £ 7 million (£ 225,000 per player) if they were to win the 2019 World Cup.



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