What is your current job?
I am the CEO of Bristol Ladies Rugby, I have a paid role at Bristol Rugby solely looking after the Ladies section and I am currently the Vice Chair of the WPG.
How is this relevant to your role at the Women’s Premiership?
I am very fortunate to work within the Women’s Premiership, having been involved at Bristol Ladies for nine years and in my paid role for two. I manage everything from player welfare to securing and managing club contracts, sponsorship to back office staff recruitment and volunteer management to community projects. I hope this gives me an insight into what the game needs for it to achieve its aspirations.
What inspires you to be involved in Women’s Premiership Rugby?
I am driven to see the Women’s Premiership taken seriously, given the same opportunities as our counterparts and be really celebrated within mainstream media.
For me, player welfare is key. With most working or studying full time, managing intense training programs, club commitments and some sort of life away from the sport they love, all whilst self-funding their way through the player pathway. The 2015 England 7s contracts were a step in the right direction but we need to extend the support offered to our premiership players; offering them legal, medical and welfare support.
That’s what I want for all of our Women’s Premiership players. Its what inspires me and what I fight for.
Why is the Women’s Premiership important?
With the grassroots level of W&G rugby growing year on year the Women’s Premiership is an inspiration to many young players. The community programs within clubs are run by players for players with the aim of motivating the next generation to achieve their goals, whatever they may be.
Rugby is an inclusive game, without barriers and the Women’s Premiership offers a platform to really celebrate female sport and all that is great about it: passion, commitment, energy and pride.