Hackney Laces was set up in 2011 by Katee Hui as a place for girls and women to come and play football because there just weren’t enough opportunities for females to play.
After running a pilot project Laces realised that football can be an incredibly powerful tool for empowering and raising the aspirations of their players.
In addition to football training, they also run an ‘off the pitch’ programme, designed to inspire and support their girls beyond football. From job applications and training opportunities to work experience placements and mentoring, the Laces community supports over 200 girls in East London.
Hackney Laces has expanded with the South London Laces located in Lambeth and Wandsworth, and Limehouse Laces, in Tower Hamlets.
Katee is a driving force for social change and as such we have featured her in our ‘Social Entrepreneurs’ section along with Beth Towle co-found er of the South London Laces.