Hockey sponsor wants equal pay for women, otherwise no deal |...

Hockey sponsor wants equal pay for women, otherwise no deal |...
Hockey sponsor wants equal pay for women, otherwise no deal |...

According to ABN Amro, which sponsors 53 hockey clubs, men in top hockey earn five to ten times as much as women. And less than twenty percent of the sponsorship money at associations goes to the women. While two thirds of hockey players are women. That should change, says the bank, which is launching the project ‘De catch-up’ this afternoon.

In addition to equal financial rewards, ABN Amro also hopes that the number of female coaches and directors will increase. According to the bank, that too is lagging far behind. “The sports world, and thus the hockey world, is still dominated by men,” says Ernst Boekhorst, head of sponsorship of the bank. “A sports club is also a place with an important social role. We want to be an organization where all groups in society feel seen and heard. ”

The bank offers help to associations to achieve the goals. Participation in the program is not without obligation. “Clubs that want to keep ABN Amro as a sponsor must commit to the goals,” the bank said in a press release. The current contracts with a number of premier league clubs expire next year. To renew, associations must demonstrate that diversity and inclusion is a key issue. The large associations Amsterdam, Rotterdam, HGC, Bloemendaal and Oranje-Rood, among others, have ABN Amro as (main) sponsor.

On behalf of Oranje-Rood, chairman of the top hockey foundation Harry van Hout does not want to respond yet. “I have not received this announcement, so I cannot say anything about it yet. It is true that ABN Amro itself stopped sponsoring our first women’s team a few years ago. If they want to become main sponsor again, please. ”

Chairman Diederik Chevalier of HC Rotterdam thinks it is a good aim, but it does add a nuance that does not resonate with the bank. “With us, the first women’s team plays one class lower, then you compare apples with pears. But take a club like Bloemendaal, where the men are invariably champion candidates and the women are not, then you have to deal with different budgets. A relegation candidate in the men also does not pay the same as Bloemendaal. The range is also different, with us the ladies attract a quarter of the number of visitors from the men. So compare apples with apples. But if the situation between the first men and women team is similar, equal pay makes sense. Because it is indeed true that men now earn much more than women. ” Chevalier does hope that clubs will have time to straighten things out. “Whether five years is too fast for that remains to be seen.”

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