Sport in Ireland
Both the Federation of Irish Sport and the vast majority of its 107 sporting body members have pledged their active support of 20×20 by signing the 20×20 Charter. If you are a sporting body who would like to become part of this national movement for women in sport, please contact the Federation of Irish Sport at [email protected]

20×20 Third Level Members
28 third level institutions on the island of Ireland have pledged to support their female student body and faculty members becoming more active and involved in sport by signing the 20×20 Charter.

20×20 Member Clubs
Almost 300 clubs across 23 sports representing every county in Ireland (and five other countries!) have pledged to support women and girls in their communities to become more involved in sport by signing the 20×20 Charter. More info here.

Irish Athletes
20×20 has consistently been blown away by the support of female athletes across all sports on the island of Ireland. At the midway point of the campaign, 20×20 gathered 20 accomplished, skillful and inspirational athletes which included the five 20×20 Ambassadors to Show Their Stripes.

National Governing Bodies

National Governing Bodies

National Governing Bodies




The Story So Far


Launch of 20×20

20×20 was born and became the first movement of its kind in Ireland championing women and girls in sport. 20×20 is focused on a cultural shift in Ireland so that girls and women in sport are seen as strong, valuable and worth celebrating.


Chapter 1: Cultural Perception of Women and Girls in Sport

The first step was addressing the lack of visibility and cultural perception of  women in sport.

So, 20×20 and Investec created the first ever monthly media award to  recognise and reward excellence in Irish journalism focused on women in

sport across all media platforms.

MARCH 2019

International Women’s Day 2019

On International Women’s Day 2019, 20×20 asked all sections of Irish society to #ShowYourStripes for 20×20…and you answered!

APRIL 2019

Chapter 2: The Importance of Role Models

We’re not seeing enough female sporting role models in Ireland, even though 63% of Irish people would like to see Ireland’s sportswomen become national heroes in the same way as our sportsmen.

So, 20×20 and Three partnered with Off the Ball to run the first ever Irish women in sport roadshow event. 17 female sports stars, past and present from sailing to soccer, from All-Ireland Champions to Olympians took to the stage.

A one of a kind competition gave girls the opportunity to play with their heroes Katie McCabe and Louise Quinn in The Aviva Stadium.


Chapter 3: Skills Uncovered

Because women’s sport isn’t as visible as men’s sport, there is an assumption that it isn’t as skillful or exciting to watch. This just isn’t true.

To prove this, 20×20 and AIG launched the first ever monthly skill competition asking women and girls of all ages, levels and in all sports to Show Your Skill.

MARCH 2020

International Women’s Day 2020

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2020, 20×20 got specific with three #ShowYourStripes pledge options.

JUNE 2020

Chapter 4: No proving. Just moving.

Exercise is for everyone. Finding something you love doing is giving yourself the gift of participation, whether that be a run, yoga, a walk, a sea swim, or dancing around the kitchen with your family.

So, 20×20 and Lidl created a new website with lots of free resources, activities and tools. ‘Lidl Moves for 20×20’ encourages and motivates women of all  ages, abilities and backgrounds to discover or rediscover exercise for themselves and form a new and lasting habit for the good of their physical and, more importantly, mental health.

See for yourself here: www.lidl.ie/20×20


Chapter 5: The Future for Women In Sport

Over the past two years records have been broken, hearts have been reached, people have been inspired…and now it’s time to look to the future.

Women’s and girls’ achievements have rightly attained a valued status within sport. This needs to be harnessed and developed, providing a blueprint for the next generation of Irish women in sport, because they are worthy of it.


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