NRF Gender Equity Charter

East Coast Bays AFC are extremely proud to be one of the first clubs to sign the Northern Region Football (NRF) Gender Equity Charter, a clear signal of the inclusivity of our club.

The Charter emerged from a working group that focused on how we can make the most of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 opportunity to create a lasting legacy for future generations.

As part of our partnership with Tātaki Auckland Unlimited as a FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 team base, we aim to create a lasting legacy not only in upgrades to our club facilities, but in providing better opportunities for women and girls in our club.

In demonstrating our commitment to girls and women’s football, we are showing that we believe this is the right thing to do - and committing to making our club even more inclusive.

East Coast Bays AFC President Roger Bridge says he’s extremely proud to be taking a leadership role and being one of the first clubs to sign up to the charter.

“We’ve been focused on making football more accessible and attractive to girls and women for a number of years as a club, but by signing the NRF charter we’re showing our support beyond our club and I hope signalling to every other club in Aotearoa that this is the right thing to do.”

“This goes beyond increasing player participation and includes encouraging more females to take on leadership positions within our club, such as coaching, managing, or becoming a member of our Board. It’s vital for the sustainability of our club,” he says.

Signing the charter will help measure what’s going well, what needs work and the steps we need to take to get there.

The Charter work focuses on: 

  • Leadership: Leadership and governance that reflects and supports gender equity
  • Participation: Equitable participation and development opportunities, including juniors and youth girls-only football
  • Visibility: Make girls and women visible, showing their value in our club
  • Resources: Equitable resources and opportunities for girls and women
  • Facilities: Fit-for-purpose facilities that meet the specific needs of girls and women in our club.

Following our President's message, we are pleased to announce that we have developed our own East Coast Bays AFC Gender Equity Policy. This policy, aligning with the principles of the NRF Gender Equity Charter, tailors them to the specific needs and goals of our club, ensuring a proactive and inclusive approach to gender equity in all aspects of our operations.

To further demonstrate our commitment, we have made the East Coast Bays AFC Gender Equity Policy available for download at the bottom of this page. This document details our specific strategies and commitments towards fostering gender equity in every aspect of our club's culture and operations.

Our Board is extremely proud and excited about what’s ahead and encourage our members to get involved. If you want to learn more, visit the Charter on the NRF’s website.

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch, please email East Coast Bays AFC President Roger Bridge or one of our Board members.

Help East Coast Bays AFC lead on Gender Equity 


East Coast Bays AFC is proud to be among the first clubs committed to putting a Gender Equity Charter in place to make our club even more inclusive for girls and women.  

This important piece of work starts with you – we want your unfiltered views on your experiences with us and our club culture, focused on girls and women in football. 

We want to hear from everyone in our club, not just women, to get honest feedback and a holistic view across our club. We’ve kept it tight; this should only take five minutes to complete.   

Take the ECB Gender Equity Survey now 

 We’re undertaking this work in partnership with Northern Region Football, with survey analysis to be undertaken by Aktive - Auckland Sport & Recreation.  

Your privacy is important to us, and this survey is anonymous. Information is collated by club only, and we don’t ask for your name. Raw data will only be seen by Aktive and NRF analysts, and will be stored on secure servers.  

Thanks in advance for taking this survey – your views are crucial for creating an ECB Equity Action Plan, that will make our club a more inclusive place, so that girls and women can thrive in football.  

Click to Take the survey now  

Thanks so much - your time and thoughts are greatly appreciated 

ECB committee

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