Discover Neuroarts: The Emerging Science of Art and Wellbeing

Discover Neuroarts: The Science of Art and Wellbeing

3 min read

Recently, I came across an article* discussing the impact of art on our brains and the emerging field of neuroaesthetics, also known as “neuroarts.” Using advances in technology, neuroarts explores how artistic experiences affect our mind, body, and behaviour, aiming to harness these effects to improve wellbeing.

Studies have shown that just 45 minutes of engaging in an art project can reduce stress by lowering cortisol levels. Even more impressively, participating in just one art experience a month can extend your life by 10 years. That sounds very doable!

The science behind neuroarts is complex, but the gist is this: exposure to enriched environments like art can lead to brain rewiring and growth. It can activate reward systems and enhance daydreaming and mind wandering, ultimately boosting our sense of self. In short, engaging in the arts can have a profound positive impact on our wellbeing.

Neuroarts scientists aim to gather evidence on how art and culture can improve wellbeing hoping this will lead to programmes to enhance and maintain youth mental health in particular.

We’ve been incorporating art into our connection events for a little while now, inspired by the art therapy background of our former Community Manager, Maisie Barlow. For instance, instead of verbally answering questions like “What does happiness mean to you?” participants draw their responses, leading to engaging discussions.

I’ve observed how relaxing and fulfilling drawing can be, with participants expressing a longing for creative expression that may have been neglected. Engaging in art can be particularly soothing for those whose work is predominantly left-brained.

We’ll continue to incorporate art into our events, fostering connections through shared artistic experiences and discussions prompted by individual artworks. And the great thing is you don’t need any artistic skill to take part.

Excited to dive into the world of art with us? Join our upcoming events for a chance to unleash your creativity and connect with like-minded individuals. Reserve your spot here.

Catherine McClen, BuddyHub Founder.

#Neuroart #ArtandScience #Wellbeing #MentalHealth #Neuroaesthetics #Creativity #Mindfulness #ArtisticExpression #BrainHealth #Friendship #Connection

*This blog draws from an article by Susan Magsamen, Founder and Executive Director of the International Arts + Mind Lab at John Hopkins University School of Medicine in the RSA Journal Issue 4 2023.

The Friendship Series is Launched!

The Friendship Series Episode 1

How Many Friends Do You Really Need?

3 min read

Join ‘The Friendship Series’ with Catherine McClen, BuddyHub’s Founder as she shares some of her friendship expertise acquired by helping people make new friends for more than nine years. Catherine found out pretty early on that human relationships are complex and started to read extensively around the social science of forming meaningful friendships to shape the design of BuddyHub’s model. In the process she became fascinated about human connection realising how vital friendships are to our health and wellbeing.

In this series, Catherine will discuss what she has learned about making new friends and her knowledge around the science of friendship. The aim of the series is to help you better appreciate the importance of friendships and share ways to nurture and expand your circle of friends. In the 1st episode Catherine discusses how many friends you really need.

You can watch the video here

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Why your company should help employees make friends

Why your company should help employees make friends

Having more friends can increase employee wellbeing as well as performance

3 min read

Friendship is the number one factor influencing our health, wellbeing and happiness according to social science research. And that is not only true in our general lives, but also at work. Time spent with coworkers stays fairly consistent for most of our adulthood, averaging 200 minutes per day before the pandemic.

According to Gallup, having a work best friend is associated with greater employee engagement, higher retention and increased likelihood to recommend the workplace. The data also indicate stronger business outcomes such as profitability, safety and retention. The relationships we create at work have a great impact.

Fragmented living and remote working has affected our friendships

Levels of loneliness have risen significantly in our modern society as our communities become more fragmented. Around 20% of adults under 34 report having only one or no close friends. 

The workplace traditionally provided a place to make friends but loneliness at work was growing before the pandemic hit. Increased remote and hybrid working since, has reduced opportunities for employees to get to know each other on a personal level and build strong relationships and a sense of belonging amongst peers. 

It’s important for people to build their friendship circle away from work to compensate for the lost opportunities for making friends with coworkers. Organisations can also help by increasing friendship opportunities between employees.

What are the benefits of having friends across the workplace?

People working in large organisations may struggle to know many people outside their immediate team and even in smaller companies employees may not spend enough social time together to actually get to know each other. Yet, when employees have strong relationships with each other, they are more likely to collaborate effectively, share ideas, and solve problems together. This can lead to a number of benefits, including:

Increased innovation: Employees who are friends are more likely to feel comfortable sharing unconventional or risky ideas which can boost innovation around problem solving and product or service development.

Improved productivity: Professionals who work well together are more productive being able to divide and conquer tasks, support each other when they get stuck, and learn from each other’s mistakes.

Higher employee satisfaction: Employees who have friends at work are more likely to enjoy their jobs and be satisfied with their careers as they have people they can socialise with, confide in, and ask for help from. This increases the likelihood of employees recommending their workplace and can boost retention.

How can companies support employees to make connections

BuddyHub has a methodology backed up by friendship scholars such as Robin Dunbar, author of “Friends: Understanding the Power of our Most Important Relationships” to help people build long lasting friendships via membership of our purposeful, intergenerational community.

A bespoke Friendship Finder technology and matching and introduction service helps members meet people with similar interests in their wider community. Company employees who are BuddyHub members also have the opportunity to be matched together and make informal connections outside the workplace.

If you would like to know more about how BuddyHub can help your employees find friends in their local community and new friendships across your workplace to improve their wellbeing, please contact the team at

The Ultimate Guide to Making Friends in London

Embracing the BuddyHub Experience

10 min read

Hey there, fellow newcomers to the vibrant and diverse city of London! Moving to this bustling metropolis can be an exciting yet somewhat overwhelming experience. From the iconic landmarks to the countless opportunities for personal growth, London has something for everyone. However, one challenge many newcomers face is making new friends in this vast city. Fear not! In this blog post, we’ll discuss what it’s like to be newly moved to London and provide you with five top tips on how to make new friends. Plus, we’ll introduce you to an incredible solution for forging meaningful connections – BuddyHub!

1. Embrace Your Inner Explorer

London is a treasure trove of experiences and adventures waiting to be discovered. One of the best ways to make friends is by exploring the city. Whether you’re taking a leisurely stroll in the Royal Parks, exploring a local market, or hopping on a double-decker bus, the possibilities are endless. Don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with fellow explorers – you never know where it might lead.

2. Join Local Clubs and Meetup Groups

The city is filled with diverse interest groups and clubs catering to various hobbies and passions. Whether you’re into art, photography, cooking, or something else entirely, there’s a group for you. Websites like Meetup and Facebook Groups are excellent resources for discovering local events and gatherings. Participating in these activities not only lets you pursue your interests but also provides an opportunity to meet like-minded individuals.

3. Take Advantage of Social Media

In today’s digital age, social media platforms can be powerful tools for building new friendships. London has numerous local Facebook groups and Twitter accounts dedicated to events and happenings in the city. Additionally, apps like Bumble BFF or Meetup apps are designed to help you meet new people in your area. Use these platforms to connect with others who share your interests and values.

4. Attend Networking Events and Workshops

London is a thriving hub for networking events and workshops. From business conferences to creative workshops, there are countless opportunities to expand your social circle. Attend these events with an open mind, ready to learn and connect with fellow attendees. You never know who you might meet or what valuable friendships could develop.

5. Discover BuddyHub: Your Friendship Finder

If you’d like a more supportive approach to making friends in London, BuddyHub is a fantastic solution. Their friendly Community Hosts use innovative matching techniques to connect people looking for meaningful friendships. It’s like having a personal introduction service for your social life! 

Here’s why you should consider BuddyHub:

Personalised Matches: BuddyHub’s advanced technology creates personalized matches based on your interests, values, and location. You’re more likely to connect with people who share your passions.

Meaningful Connections: BuddyHub focuses on quality over quantity so the friendships you make are more likely to be genuine, long-lasting, and fulfilling.

Activities You Love: Their service helps you find people who enjoy the same activities you do. Whether it’s exploring art galleries, trying out new restaurants, or even just going for a walk, you can find friends who are up for it.

Easing Social Anxiety: Whether you are being matched one to one, into groups by interest or attending an event, Community Hosts help break the ice with introductions. 

Safety and Security: BuddyHub takes your safety seriously and ensures that all members are verified, creating a trustworthy environment for making friends.

So, there you have it! Making friends in London doesn’t have to be an intimidating process.

Embrace your new surroundings, explore your interests, and consider using BuddyHub on your journey to forming genuine connections. Remember, London is a city full of opportunities and friendly faces just waiting to be discovered. Go out there and make the most of your experience in this incredible city!

We wish you the best of luck in your quest to make friends in London. Welcome to this vibrant and exciting city – your new friends are just around the corner.

Why do we do this? Because friendship matters! It matters to us. It matters to you. Take a look at our website to find out more about how we can enrich your social life. Or contact us at if you have any questions. 

The Power of Active Listening: Building Meaningful Friendships

Unlocking the Art of Active Listening

10 min read

In a world filled with noise and distractions, the art of active listening is often drowned out. We’ve all been there – nodding along to a friend’s story while our minds wander, waiting for our turn to speak. But what if I told you that active listening could be the key to forging more meaningful friendships? Let’s explore what active listening is, why so many of us struggle with it, and how it can enhance our connections with others.

Images By Peter Kindersley

Understanding Active Listening

Active listening is more than just hearing words; it’s about truly comprehending and engaging with what someone is saying. It involves giving your full attention to the speaker, both verbally and nonverbally, and seeking to understand their perspective without judgment. Active listening is a fundamental building block for forming deeper connections

The Epidemic of Non-Listening

In today’s fast-paced world, the art of active listening has been pushed aside. Many of us are guilty of “hearing” without truly listening. We’re preoccupied with our own thoughts, constantly checking our phones, or planning our responses before the speaker has finished. This epidemic of non-listening has far-reaching consequences, from strained relationships to missed opportunities for genuine connection.

The Power of Active Listening in Friendship

Active listening is a game-changer when it comes to building meaningful friendships.
Here’s how it works:

Fosters Trust: When you actively listen, you convey respect and empathy, which can deepen trust in your relationships.
Deepens Understanding: Active listening allows you to gain insights into your friends’ thoughts, feelings, and experiences, strengthening your bond.
Resolves Conflict: By truly hearing someone out, you can address misunderstandings and conflicts more effectively.
Boosts Self-Esteem: Being heard and understood validates a person’s feelings, boosting their self-esteem and strengthening your connection.

Top 10 Tips for Becoming an Active Listener

Give Your Full Attention: Put away distractions, make eye contact, and show you’re fully present.

Don’t Interrupt: Resist the urge to interrupt or offer advice until the speaker is finished.

Use Verbal Cues: Offer brief affirmations like “I see” or “I understand” to show you’re engaged.

Ask Open-Ended Questions: Encourage further conversation by asking questions that require more than a simple “yes” or “no” answer.

Empathize: Try to understand the speaker’s emotions and acknowledge their feelings.

Avoid Judging: Suspend judgment and keep an open mind, even if you disagree with what’s being said.

Reflect and Summarize: Periodically reflect on what you’ve heard and summarize it to ensure you’re on the same page.

Use Nonverbal Cues: Nodding, smiling, and maintaining an open posture can show you’re engaged.

Stay Patient: Some people take time to express their thoughts fully; be patient and give them space.

Practice Mindfulness: Cultivate mindfulness to stay in the present moment and fully engage with the speaker.


Active listening is the secret sauce to forming deeper, more meaningful friendships. In a world where true connection can feel elusive, taking the time to listen actively can set you apart. By giving your full attention, empathizing, and suspending judgment, you’ll not only strengthen your existing friendships but also open the door to new, profound connections. So, let’s make a conscious effort to put down our distractions, quiet our inner chatter, and truly listen. Your friendships will thank you, and the rewards of genuine connection will be worth every moment of active listening.

Why do we do this? Because friendship matters! It matters to us. It matters to you. Take a look at our website to find out more about how we can enrich your social life. Or contact us at if you have any questions. 

Bridging the Gap: Overcoming Social Anxiety with Conversation Starters

Making Friends in a World of Social Anxiety

10 min read

In a world where social interactions are increasingly vital, for personal and professional growth alike, making friends can be a daunting task (check out our blog on what social anxiety actually is). For many, social anxiety is a significant barrier to forming meaningful connections. One of the primary reasons for this anxiety is the fear of gaps in conversations or the dreaded small talk. The fear of awkward silence can be paralysing, causing some to withdraw from social situations altogether. But fear not! There is a simple yet powerful tool that can help you bridge that gap and build meaningful connections: conversation starters.

The Struggle of Small Talk and Social Anxiety

Small talk often gets a bad rep. It’s considered superficial and often boring. However, it plays a crucial role in the initial stages of forming relationships. It helps break the ice, establishes rapport, and sets the stage for deeper, more meaningful conversations. But for individuals with social anxiety, navigating small talk can feel like a treacherous journey into uncharted waters.

The fear of running out of things to say or saying the wrong thing can be paralysing. It leads to overthinking, sweaty palms, and a racing heart—classic symptoms of social anxiety. The result? Missed opportunities to connect with others, make new friends, or even advance in your career.

The Power of Conversation Starters

Conversation starters are like a lifeline for individuals dealing with social anxiety. They provide a structured and safe way to begin a conversation and keep it flowing. By having a set of go-to questions or topics, you can alleviate the pressure of coming up with something interesting to say on the spot. This tool can help you overcome the fear of awkward silences and empower you to build deeper, more meaningful connections.

10 Conversation Starters to Forge Genuine Connections

“What’s the most exciting thing that’s happened to you recently?” This question allows people to share their positive experiences and passions.

“If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?” Travel dreams can reveal a lot about a person’s interests and values.

“What’s your favourite book or movie, and what do you love about it?” This question taps into personal preferences and can lead to engaging discussions about storytelling and creativity.

“Do you have any hobbies or interests that you’re passionate about?” Discovering shared interests can be the foundation of a strong connection.

“Tell me about your favourite childhood memory.” Nostalgia often brings out heartfelt stories and shared experiences.

“What’s a goal or dream you’re working toward right now?” Discussing aspirations can reveal a lot about a person’s ambition and drive.

“If you could have dinner with any historical figure, who would it be and why?” This question can lead to fascinating discussions about history and inspiration.

“What’s something you’ve always wanted to learn but haven’t had the chance to?” Learning about someone’s unexplored interests can open the door to future activities together.

“What’s your favourite way to relax and unwind?” Understanding how someone decompresses can help you plan future hangouts.

“Tell me about a random act of kindness you’ve experienced or performed.” This question encourages positive storytelling and emphasises the importance of empathy.

The Benefits of Conversation Starters

Using conversation starters isn’t about being artificial or insincere; it’s about providing a comfortable starting point for meaningful conversations. By using these prompts, you can:

Alleviate Anxiety: Conversation starters take the pressure off, allowing you to focus on the interaction rather than your anxiety.

Build Rapport: These questions create an environment where you and your conversation partner can get to know each other better.

Find Common Ground: Discovering shared interests or experiences can lead to deeper connections and potential future activities together.

Forge Meaningful Relationships: By initiating meaningful conversations, you lay the groundwork for long-lasting friendships and connections.

In conclusion, social anxiety can make making friends and engaging in small talk seem like insurmountable challenges. However, with the help of conversation starters, you can transform these interactions into opportunities for genuine connection. Remember, everyone has their own fears and insecurities, so taking the initiative to start a conversation can be a gift to both you and your potential friend. Embrace the power of conversation starters and watch your social anxiety melt away as you build meaningful connections, one question at a time.

Why do we do this? Because friendship matters! It matters to us. It matters to you. Take a look at our website to find out more about how we can enrich your social life. Or contact us at if you have any questions. 

What is ‘Social Anxiety’?

Navigating the Storm: Understanding and Overcoming Social Anxiety

10 min read

Picture this: you’re at a social gathering, surrounded by laughter, chatter, and the hum of mingling voices. While others seem to effortlessly navigate the sea of conversations, you find yourself clinging to the edge, unsure of how to jump into the tide. You’re not alone. If you’ve ever felt that knot of unease in your stomach when facing a new social situation or struggled to find the right words, you’re experiencing what’s commonly known as social anxiety.

But here’s the reassuring truth: we all dip our toes into the waters of social anxiety from time to time, and it’s absolutely okay. It’s a natural part of being human. Just like a wave that rises and falls, these feelings can wash over us and then recede, leaving behind moments of growth and newfound confidence.

In this post, let’s delve into what social anxiety really is, why it’s perfectly normal, and how you can navigate these waves with self-compassion and a sense of camaraderie. So, let’s set sail on this journey, knowing that the waters may be choppy at times, but there’s a whole community out here, riding those waves right alongside you.

What’s the Deal with Social Anxiety?

Okay, so picture this: it’s like you’re at an event, and your brain suddenly decides to perform havoc with your heartbeat. Social anxiety is like that – an intense fear of judgement, making you want to run all the way home. But don’t worry, it’s not a permanent feeling and we’re about to show you how to recognise and manage social anxiety so that you’re in control.

5 Telltale Signs of Social Anxiety:

Overthinking Overdrive: Constantly replaying conversations in your head like a broken record? Yep, that’s the overthink express, and it’s a classic social anxiety symptom.

Avoidance Olympics: You’d rather face a pack of wild squirrels than attend a social event? Trust us, you’re not alone. Avoiding situations that trigger anxiety is a common coping mechanism.

Butterfly Brigade: That butterfly feeling in your stomach before a social event.

Inner Critic Invasion: Your inner critic is in overdrive, and it’s all about highlighting your supposed flaws for everyone to see.

Small Talk Tango: The mere thought of small talk might send you running. Who knew talking about the weather could be so intimidating? (We’ve got a great blog post here on navigating the world of small talk).

Are any of these symptoms starting to feel familiar? There is no need to worry. The key to managing social anxiety is recognising that you might be feeling it in the first place. Once you can spot what your body is thinking and feeling; you can start to put some tips and tricks into practice that will help you manage social situations with ease.

5 ways to tackle social anxiety

Practice Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques:

  • Mindfulness meditation and deep breathing exercises can help you stay present in social situations and manage anxiety. These practices can also improve your overall emotional well-being.

Set Realistic Goals:

  • Start with small, achievable social goals. Gradually increase the complexity of these goals as you become more comfortable. Celebrate your successes, no matter how minor they may seem.

Challenge Negative Thoughts:

  • Recognize and challenge irrational thoughts that contribute to your anxiety. Ask yourself if your fears are based on facts or assumptions. Try to reframe your thoughts in a more positive and realistic light.

Social Skills Training:

  • Seek opportunities to improve your social skills. Join clubs, classes, or support groups where you can practise interacting with others in a low-pressure environment. The more you practise, the more confident you will become.

Try a friendship finder service:

  • We created BuddyHub to help match people based on their common interests, which means that you can talk about things you have in common. This helps to reduce the anxiety of conversations and with our regular online and in-person meet-ups, it also takes the pressure off of 1-on-1 conversations. If you want to see how else BuddyHub can support you click here.

Remember that progress may be gradual, and setbacks are normal. Be patient with yourself and stay committed to your efforts to overcome social anxiety. If needed, consult with a mental health professional who can provide personalised guidance and support.

Why do we do this? Because friendship matters! It matters to us. It matters to you. Take a look at our website to find out more about how we can enrich your social life. Or contact us at if you have any questions. 

Football Friendzy: Exploring Famous Football Friendships

Football Friendzy: Exploring Famous Football Friendships

10 min read

Football is more than just a game; it’s a universal language that transcends borders, cultures, and backgrounds. It has an unparalleled ability to bring people together and forge friendships that last a lifetime. Just like the dynamic duos of Alessia Russo and Ella Toone or Luke Shaw and Bukayo Saka, football friendships exemplify the power of camaraderie and teamwork.

Alessia Russo and Ella Toone: United by Passion

Alessia Russo and Ella Toone met at school aged 12 but their partnership isn’t just about their on-field chemistry at Manchester United; it’s a testament to the deep bond that forms when individuals share a common passion. Their friendship thrives off mutual respect and a shared dream of success, proven with the continuity of their friendship despite the transfer of Russo to Arsenal. They also call themselves the Lionesses’ party animals!

Luke Shaw and Bukayo Saka: Breaking Boundaries

Football friendships like that of Luke Shaw and Bukayo Saka showcase how the sport can shatter barriers and bridge gaps. These players come from diverse backgrounds and rival clubs yet their shared experience on the international field has brought them together as allies. And it’s humour that is key to their bond with Saka saying Shaw is ‘so funny, he’s alway just trying to annoy me’ and Shaw returning the compliment saying Saka is ‘so funny and makes everyone laugh and he doesn’t mean it’

Where Football and Friendship Collide

Football is a unifying force that brings people together, and BuddyHub harnesses that power to unite individuals who share a love for football so they can experience the magic of friendship through a common passion.

Why not join BuddyHub’s ‘Football Friendzy: Premier League Chatter Series 3.0’. You can just listen in to the chat or else the floor is yours to have your say on all things football.

Join the event
🗓️ Monday 2nd October
⏰ 6:30pm

National Portrait Gallery Tour

Exploring Greatness: The National Portrait Gallery and Its Enchanting Treasures

10 min read

Art is a universal language that transcends time and culture, and one place that beautifully captures the essence of this sentiment is the National Portrait Gallery. This iconic institution is a treasure trove of portraits that vividly depict the stories of individuals who have shaped history, culture, and society. If you’re seeking a captivating and enriching experience, look no further than the tour of the National Portrait Gallery, happening on Saturday 9th September. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the reasons why the gallery is truly remarkable, and why attending the tour is an opportunity you won’t want to miss. Plus, we’ll reveal five fascinating facts about the gallery that might surprise you.

Join the BuddyHub Tour at The National Portrait Gallery this Saturday!

This Saturday, BuddyHub’s Culture Club will be joining the 3pm tour of the National Portrait Gallery. Offering a unique and enriching experience that goes beyond simply viewing art. Here’s why you should mark your calendar for this Saturday:

Guided Insights: The gallery’s knowledgeable guides will provide fascinating insights into the lives of the individuals depicted in the portraits. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of their significance and the context in which they lived.

Interactive Exploration: The tour isn’t a one-sided monologue. It’s an interactive experience where you can ask questions, share your thoughts, and engage in discussions with fellow participants.

Curated Selection: The tour covers a curated selection of portraits, ensuring that you’ll see some of the most captivating and historically significant pieces in the collection.

Group Dynamics: Exploring the gallery in a group adds a social dimension to the experience. You’ll have the chance to share your perspectives and hear diverse viewpoints from others.

Lasting Memories: The National Portrait Gallery has a way of leaving a lasting impact. You’ll leave the tour with new knowledge, fresh perspectives, and a deeper appreciation for the power of portraiture.

Five Fun Facts About the National Portrait Gallery:

Unconventional Beginnings: The National Portrait Gallery was established in 1856 in London, making it the first portrait gallery in the world. It was initially founded in a somewhat unconventional space: a room above a shop on Great George Street.

Hidden Faces: The gallery doesn’t only showcase realistic portraits. You’ll find abstract representations, caricatures, and even portraits that hide the subject’s face, encouraging viewers to think beyond traditional portraiture.

Secret Door: The gallery holds a “secret” door known as the “Anamorphosis Door.” When viewed from a specific angle, this door displays a distorted portrait that can only be properly seen through a peephole.

Modern Collection: While the gallery is known for historical portraits, it also houses a contemporary collection featuring individuals who have made a significant impact in recent times, ensuring that the narrative remains current.

Portrait Restaurant: The gallery offers more than just art; it also boasts the Portrait Restaurant on its top floor. Here, you can enjoy exquisite cuisine while overlooking breathtaking views of London’s skyline.


The National Portrait Gallery isn’t just a place to admire art; it’s a journey through time, history, and humanity. Attending the tour is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the stories of remarkable individuals and gain a new perspective on the world. With its diverse artistic offerings, interactive experiences, and lasting impact, the gallery promises an unforgettable outing that will leave you inspired and enlightened. Don’t miss the chance to embark on this enriching adventure into the world of portraiture.

Join the event
🗓️ Saturday 9th September
⏰ 2:30pm
📍National Portrait Gallery

Women’s World Cup + Gender Equality

The Women’s World Cup:
A Pinnacle of Women’s Football

10 min read

The Women’s World Cup is not just a tournament; it’s a celebration of talent, dedication, and perseverance of female athletes on the global stage. With every edition, this event grows in significance, showcasing the remarkable progress women’s football has made over the years. From stunning goals to nail-biting matches, the Women’s World Cup captivates audiences and emphasizes the prowess of female footballers.

Important Moments for Women’s Football

The Women’s World Cup isn’t just about the matches, but also the impact it has on the world of women’s football. It brings attention to key issues such as gender parity, empowering female athletes, and inspiring young girls to dream big. Moments that resonate include Marta’s record-breaking goals, Megan Rapinoe’s fiery advocacy for equality, and the emergence of underdog teams challenging the status quo, and this year was no different. These moments underline the growing influence of women’s football on and off the field.

Lewes FC Leading the Way for Equal Gender Pay

In 2017 Lewes FC, a football club in England, etched their name in history by becoming the first club to enforce equal gender pay among their male and female players. This groundbreaking decision sends a powerful message: footballers’ value is not determined by gender. By acknowledging and rectifying the wage gap, Lewes FC demonstrates a commitment to gender equality and fairness in sports. Their progressive stance paves the way for other clubs to follow suit and helps reshape the landscape of football, fostering an environment where female players are valued as equals.

Looking ahead

The Women’s World Cup continues to inspire and elevate women’s football to new heights. Each tournament sparks conversations about equality, representation, and the need to invest in the growth of the women’s game. Lewes FC’s decision to enforce equal gender pay amplifies these discussions and sets an example for clubs worldwide to prioritise parity.

As the world embraces the excitement of the Women’s World Cup and the progressive actions of clubs like Lewes FC, it’s clear that women’s football is not just a sport—it’s a movement. It’s a rallying cry for gender equity and an affirmation that the time for change is now. These moments, both on the global stage and within individual clubs, drive home the point that football is for everyone, regardless of gender, and that the future holds even greater promise for women in sports.

If these talking points appeal to you, why not join BuddyHub’s ‘Football Friendzy: Premier League Chatter Series 2.0’, where the floor is yours to have your say on all things football.

Next Football Friendzy: Tuesday 5th September | 6:30pm | Online Event