Lewes Women’s football club are embracing the chance to celebrate girls today (October, 11) on International Day of the Girl.

The team has released a letter written by young fan Nancy Hamilton.

Eight year old Nancy wrote it to share with her school mates after attending the recent Lewes FC Women v Arsenal fixture at The Dripping Pan in Lewes.

Nancy wrote:

“First I saw my friend Eleanor at the women’s football stadium. Lewes lost against the champions.

“Lewes is the only team in the world who pay the men and women equally. I know one of the players because my dad works with her. Her name is Shannon Maloney.”

Shannon, who plays centre midfield for the team and does work with Nancy’s Dad Andy Hamilton, said that Nancy came to school clutching the letter along with her Autograph Poster full of player signatures.

Shannon said:

 “A part of playing for a club that promotes equality is that we really want to set a good example to girls.

“It’s so amazing that we have children going into school on a Monday writing things like this…. acknowledging, off her own back, that we pay the women the same as the men and then sharing that with her classmates!”

In their match against Tottenham Hotspur Ladies on Sunday (October, 14), the team will be led out onto the pitch by a parade of girl mascots.

They are encouraging as many girls as possible to come to watch them play, according to the club.

Lewes FC Women have announced they will be supporting the Red Box Project at this Sunday’s home match.

A scheme which quietly ensures girls have access to free sanitary items in schools, so that no–one misses school during their period because they can’t afford sanitary products.

Lewes FC Women Captain Katie McIntyre said:

“We’re proud to support this great charity which is stopping period poverty.

“No girl should have to miss school because they can’t afford towels and tampons.”

1. Nancy’s letter

Nancy’s letter

2. Lewes FC Women

Lewes FC Women

3. Lewes FC Women Under10s Photo: Richard Groves