Over the course of the 2021/22 season, we are holding four RiverSideBySide matchdays to highlight the club's commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Each of the four games has specific focus on an area in which we’re targeting – a ‘protected characteristic’ under the Human Rights Act. Saturday's match against Luton Town, a few days ahead of International Women’s Day, we are joining the EFL’s dedicated Women’s Weekend to celebrate our female supporters.

Part of our ongoing RiverSideBySide pledge is to ensure the club and the Riverside Stadium is a welcoming place for all members of our community, and we’re proud to be represented by such an active, passionate and committed female fanbase.

Across the EFL, more than 2.9m female supporters attend EFL matches per season with an average of 64,000 female supporters per matchday. The most recent EFL supporters survey revealed:

  • 91% of female supporters stated nothing can beat the live football matchday experience
  • 87% of female respondents said they enjoy the atmosphere in the stadium amongst fellow fans
  • 84% said football is an important part of family life
  • 71% suggested going to watch football is a big part of their usual weekly routine
  • 61% said that football is more than about just winning but about feeling a sense of belonging to their town/city’s football club

Aside from our own team's fortunes on the pitch, the club were delighted to once again welcome England’s Lionesses to the Riverside last month, as well as the international sides of Canada, Germany and Spain for the inaugural Arnold Clark Cup, which whet the appetite for the European Championships set to take place across England this summer.

And as well as encouraging interest in the sport as spectators, our official charitable arm MFC Foundation provide a platform for female participation in football and other physical activity.

The Foundation regularly hosts female-only sessions of projects including Football Welcomes, targeted particularly at refugees and asylum seekers in our community, and weight loss programme FIT BORO.

There is extensive work to encourage girls and young women to take part in the sport, with a host of football sessions in local schools, as well as teams competing to represent Boro in the Utilita Girls Cup regionally and nationally. 

as well as programmes outside of the classroom such as Premier League Kicks - which recently celebrated it’s 15th year of existence - and the Premier League Girls Football programme which operates 12 satellite clubs for 11-25 year olds across the region.