Against the Run of Play is a collaborative project run by Sophie Bownes, Lucy Cowling and Alice Ongaro.

Since 2018 we have produced events and workshops, commissioned artworks, new writing and conversation focused on female, non-binary and queer engagement with football and sports culture more broadly.

Against the Run of Play aims to champion and empower fans and players, whilst contributing to the critical discourse around gender, representation and football culture. We work in partnership with artists, institutions, designers, writers, football players and fans of the game.

Against the Run of Play is made possible with the help of each of those who have hosted and collaborated with us, including: Naomi Accardi, Louise Ashcroft, Athenlay FC, Nadia Atique, Rosella Ayane, Bridgehouse Gardens, Hannah Buckman, Lauren Corelli, Tiz Creel, Corner fotbal + societate, Dalmain Athletic GFC, Phoebe Davies, Deptford Ravens, F.A.T. Studio, The Feminist Library, Caitlin Fisher, Orit Gat, Heinz Geiger & Franz Wanner, Girls United, Grundy Art Gallery, Corey Hayman, Henry/Bragg, Rowland Hill, Idle Women, Ro Jackson, Juliet Jacques, Jasper Jones, Kneed (Ishwari Bhalerao and Leonie Rousham), Jessie Krish, Natanya Mark, Rosie McGinn, Jessie McLaughlin, Jenny Moore, Rose Nordin, Eleni Papazoglou, Pester & Rossi, Carla Recover, Dina Rončević, Laur Rozier, SALT Magazine, Louis Scantlebury, Nicola Singh, South Bermondsey Festival, Tendencies Bulletin, Alex Wickenden, Gray Wielebinski, Ashleigh Williams, Alice May Williams, Rosalind Wilson, Virgine Yassef and ZATORSKI + ZATORSKI.