Official National Partner of UEFA Women’s EURO 2022

Women’s football deserves to stand apart from men’s football – it warrants its own space and its own story. So we did something about it.

Starling is the only bank in the UK founded by a woman, so equality is in our DNA. As a national sponsor of the Women’s EURO 2022, the #OurTime campaign aimed to celebrate and champion women’s football.

Our Ambassadors

We’re supporting three professional football players with very different stories. An up-and-coming star, a footballer with 150 caps under her belt, and the first professional female player to be registered in England. History makers and rule breakers, they all understand what it takes to succeed in a male-dominated world.

Lauren Hemp: The Rising Star

A talented footballer at the beginning of her career, Lauren Hemp is heralded as the one to watch – with several awards to her name. In summer 2022, her hero Jill Scott passed on the baton, and Lauren inspired young girls with her fearless determination.

Lauren’s story

Lauren Hemp

When I was younger, women’s football wasn’t as widely advertised so I didn't see a pathway to becoming a professional footballer. It’s Our Time to show the world what we’re capable of.

Lauren Hemp

Jill Scott: The Legacy Player

After reaching 150 caps, Jill Scott (MBE) started to think about life beyond football. So she launched a coffee shop in Manchester – and chose Starling to do so. A fan of our 24/7 customer service, she says Starling helps her navigate a busy double life as a much-celebrated player and entrepreneur.

Jill’s story

Jill Scott

Football has always been given to boys and men but if we’re given the opportunity, you’ll see what we can do. It’s Our Time to take women’s football to the next level.

Jill Scott

Rachel Yankey: The Role Model

Aged eight, Rachel Yankey (OBE) shaved off her hair so she could play football with the boys. In her teens, she became the first professional female player to be registered in England. Following an illustrious career, she’s now focussed on coaching the next generation and teaches children skills through football on CBeebies.

Rachel’s story

Rachel Yankey

The women’s game has come so far since I started. The momentum is growing more than ever before. It’s Our Time to inspire the next generation.

Rachel Yankey

The end goal: scoring sustainability

With help from our partner Trillion Trees, made up of BirdLife International, Wildlife Conservation Society and WWF, we pledged to plant trees for every goal scored along the way. By the end of the tournament, the total number of trees to be planted had reached 2,870!

We’ll make a donation to WWF-UK, a registered charity with charity number 1081247 in England & Wales and SC039593 in Scotland, of £66 per goal scored during the 2022 UEFA European Women's Football Championship matches.

Levelling the playing field: What’s next?

There’s still a lot of work to be done to drive participation among women and girls – they need to know there’s a future for them in football. Here’s what we’re doing to bolster the women’s game beyond the tournament:

  • Starling Bank Club Programme Grant. Donating £1,000 to 23 grassroots clubs across England, to help improve their women and girls’ offer.
  • Grants in Partnership with SportsAid. Awarding £1,000 each to five young footballers – all girls aged 16 and under.
  • First News Competition. Through our competition with FirstNews, the kid’s newspaper, Starling ambassadors Lauren Hemp and Rachel Yankey will visit two winners: one school and one club. And hopefully inspire the next star!

There’s more to come – keep an eye on our social channels for updates.

The UK’s First Fantasy Football for the UEFA Women’s EURO

There have been hundreds of Fantasy Football games for men’s tournaments, but never one for the UEFA Women’s EURO in the UK.

We knew that had to change – so we built it!

A big thank you to everyone who played. The competition has now ended, but we’ll be contacting the winner soon.

Read more about our journey towards gender equality.

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