The International Teqball Federation is aiming to inspire women and girls to play the sport ©FITEQ

International Teqball Federation (FITEQ) sports director Matthew Curtain insists the organisation is taking a "top-down and bottom-up approach" in its efforts to inspire women and girls to play the sport.

Curtain’s comments came on International Women’s Day yesterday which he described as "one of the most important days of the year" as FITEQ reinforced its commitment to advocate equal opportunity.

The FITEQ Women’s Committee was launched in 2019 to focus on promoting opportunities for females across all five continents.

It also advises the FITEQ Executive Board on equality-focused projects.

According to FITEQ, women outrank men in management positions including sports operations manager Krisztina Csavajda, international events coordinator Luca Takács, international project coordinator Liliána Szávai and Réka Reichard who works in sport development.

FITEQ is also a signatory of the Brighton plus Helsinki Declaration on Women and Sport and was officially recognised and admitted as a member of The Association For International Sport for All (TAFISA) in 2019.

The organisation also joined the TAFISA Gender Equity online workshop yesterday as part of its celebration of International Women’s Day.

"This is one of the most important days of the year for the global teqball family," said Curtain.

"FITEQ is passionate about equal opportunity and it is embracing its unique position of being a sport where women and men regularly compete against one another in the same event categories.

"FITEQ’s core values of respect, inclusion and ambition are essential in its effort to promote gender equality in all areas of the sport.

"FITEQ is taking a top-down and bottom-up approach in its effort to inspire women and girls to play the sport.

"Stars like world champion Natalia Guitler, who is also FITEQ’s Athletes’ Committee Chair, are acting as role models for future generations.

"But FITEQ has also recognised the critical need of ensuring there are grassroots opportunities for people all over the world.

"Partnering with organisations like TAFISA, who have specialist local knowledge, is integral to achieving this goal."