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As the daughter of a Supporter’s Club chairman, I was born and raised a City fan. From watching matches at Maine Road, to celebrating our promotion back to the Premier League, and in more recent years, making the journey to Wembley to support our boys in blue in Cup finals. I do not think there is a better feeling than walking to the Etihad Stadium on game day. I am a doctor working within Manchester. My job has equipped me with a multitude of skills which I feel will be invaluable in this roll. Firstly, my confidence when partaking in meetings which include people from all levels of seniority. I have excellent time management skills and I am incredibly driven to succeed in all challenges I am given. I also volunteer on several committees for local schools and community projects which will help me to communicate with the younger generation of female football fans. There are initiatives already at the Etihad Stadium aimed at improving the female fan experience, for example, providing free sanitary products. It is work of this nature I would continue to develop if I was appointed. I would work hard to liaise with female fans within the local community and via social media to gather their opinions, and I would speak on their behalf to improve our experience as a female fan base.
I was born within shouting distance of Maine Road. I have lived in Manchester, and been a Manchester City fan, my whole life. I’ve had a Season Ticket since the 1990's at Maine Road, and now sit in the Colin Bell Stand at the Etihad Stadium. As well as watching Manchester City Men, I have a Seasoncard for Manchester City Women. I am also a regular watcher and of our EDS and Academy teams. Since 2015, I have been the Branch Secretary of the MCWFC Official Supporters Club, a position which I have been re-elected to by our members on a 2-yearly basis since then. I have built a professional and productive level of contact with Club officials. This, along with my day to day role as a Nursery Manager, has provided me with a variety of experiences and skills, such as being organised, self-motivated and confident in my abilities - all of which would be of great use within this role. Manchester City are a huge part of my life and I would be very proud to be able to give something back. Representing Women Supporters as part of the City Matters panel would enable me to achieve this.
I have supported City for over 30 years now, as I was first introduced by my then boyfriend (now my husband) to my first game (which we lost) and have been hooked ever since. I currently work as a School Business Manager in a local Primary School. I believe I can bring all my working attributes to this position, as with school stakeholders and supporters, they are passionate about what matters to them and sometimes emotions can be high so a calm manner is needed to progress to get a mutually agreed outcome. Addressing Women’s supporter issues has come a long way since I first started attending football matches and I would love to support them further. I will speak up to represent women, however, I know when to listen and consider everyone’s views. Facilities at the Club have come a long way since I started supporting City, however, as on the pitch, there is always room for improvement. I would consider the position to be a privilege to represent women who support our great team. I feel passionate as to what I could do to continue to improve the experience for women who support City.
I've been a MCFC supporter since I was about 8, a good 50+ years. From a time when Women were given one toilet at Maine Road, such was the focus the Club had on their female supporters at that time, albeit they were lower in numbers than we are now. I'm still here and still loving it, especially in the past few years. However, success or not, my allegiance won’t change. I have been a supporter through the good and the bad, not always held a season ticket, having to take a break when work/career meant working on a Saturday and when football was Saturday. I love football, love to watch it, talk about it and share my joy, and to get more women involved. From encouraging participation in sport at grass roots level, to women playing and watching football, having a voice on committees, at grass roots, to the FA and everything in-between. It’s about changing perceptions and inequalities. So much has changed for the better, yet more is to be done to make football fully inclusive across all areas of society, and that includes women.