Uber has launched a brand new partnership with the leader of 5-a-side football, Powerleague, to cover the cost of rides to and from games for women participating in matches. The initiative is being trialled this July before rolling out Nationwide this Winter, when travelling at night could leave players feeling unsafe.
Participation rates for women’s football drop over the winter according to data from Powerleague, who cited the difficulties when it comes to safe travel to and from games as one of the reasons for this drop.
To kick off the partnership, Uber has announced that from 30th October 2022, they will be providing Women’s Powerleague teams with credit to allow their players to travel safely to and from their games.
Uber is committed to helping increase participation in grassroots women’s football and help the next generation of women football superstars achieve their dreams and represent the Lionesses at the next European Championship.
Uber has pledged to give £10,000 worth of rides, to be split amongst female and non-binary teams taking part in Powerleague fixtures, with the credit being eligible to be used across the UK. With the European Championships kicking off in July, Powerleague are expecting a rise in interest in the game over the summer, predicting additional players signing up for their leagues.
Uber will be launching a night time safety campaign in 2022, highlighting key features in the app and initiatives from the business aimed at keeping both its riders and drivers safe. In recent years, Uber has been making a number of changes to the service in order to keep riders and drivers safe and feel reassured. These include Share My Trip, allowing your friends and family to track your Uber trip to ensure you get to your destination safely and RideCheck, enabling us to reach out to you if your ride has stopped for an unusually long time or if it looks like you may have been involved in an accident to make sure you are safe.