AMMAN: Under the patronage of HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, and in an attempt to break a Guinness World Record, the lowest altitude game of football ever played is set to kick-off on Thursday, 5 April 2018 at 2:00PM at the Dead Sea in Jordan, as part of Equal Playing Field (EPF)’s Jordan Quest.
The Jordan Quest completed today a football-focused trek through Jordan to promote women’s equality in sport. Over 30 women, around one third of whom broke the Guinness World Record in April 2017 for the highest altitude soccer game ever played on Mt. Kilimanjaro, continued their quest for gender equality with this 12-day event culminating in the lowest altitude football game tomorrow.
Jordan Quest features football camps in cities and rural communities across the country to raise awareness and help the development of women’s football on a grassroots level. Football clinics for young girls and exhibition games have been organized to highlight the event, as players display their coaching and playing skills against iconic backdrops such as the columns of Jerash, temples of Petra, and iconic desert of Wadi Rum.
Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, founder and chairman of the Asian Football Development Project, commented: “We are very proud to be part of this incredible initiative for equality and inclusion, and happy to see the large turnout of girls at the football clinics around Jordan.”
Jordan Quest features top-flight women’s football players from Jordan and more than 23 other countries, including Pakistan National captain Hajra Khan, former French National Sandrine Dusang, former Saudi Arabia National team player Saja Kamal and Nepali soccer star Dipa Adhikari, as well as pro players and competitive amateurs from the USA, Spain, India, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Tanzania, Australia, Canada, the UK and many more.
“After securing a Guinness World Record last year for the highest altitude game of football ever played, 5,714 meters above sea level at the top of Mt Kilimanjaro, we’re using our platform to enable other women to share their stories,” said Laura Youngson, Equal Playing Field co-founder.
“Jordan Quest is an opportunity to celebrate women’s football by bringing together women from over 23 nationalities to play and coach in communities around Jordan. We want to encourage more girls to challenge expectations and have no limits when it comes to sport. Our message is clear: invest in women and girls in sport and see them thrive.”
EPF’s partners for the Jordan Quest are: Asian Football Development Project, Arab Potash, USAID Zain, BeIN Sports, Migrate Business Services, Royal Jordanian, Days Inn, Jordan Tourism Board, Crowne Plaza Dead Sea, Madrasati, Reclaim Childhood, GIZ, Right to Play, Generations for Peace, Paces, Jordan Paramedic Society, Greater Amman Municipality, The Ministry of Youth, and The Anything is Possible Foundation.
Office of HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein
Asian Football Development Project