On Friday 10 September, the Kent FA, supported by Eighth Wonder Programme, ran a first of its kind event in the county, to unite and support female volunteers in the grassroots game. Kent FA and Eighth Wonder Programme recognise and are inspired by the brilliant work of volunteers in Kent grassroots football every day. Without our volunteer workforce, the beautiful game would simply not exist.
However, we also recognise that it can often be confusing, slightly intimidating and isolating for many women who have volunteered to help their club or league. So, this event was set up for them! Nearly 30 women from across Kent gathered at Invicta House to meet like-minded women involved in grassroots football, sharing experiences and challenges and gaining valuable insights from key Kent FA colleagues.
Natalie Curtis, Football Development Officer (Women and Girls) comments “The event provided a great opportunity for Kent FA to gain insight into the struggles and successes of some of its female workforce. The willingness to share experiences and offer advice was incredible and is something we hope to bottle up and use on a greater scale throughout the season. Grassroots football is built on the hard work and passion of our volunteers and we hope to support them in whichever path their journey takes them.”
Denise Richmond, Chair of Kent FA, is passionate about supporting volunteers across the game and comments: “Without volunteers, in football, we couldn’t survive and this event was inspiring and rewarding for us all. It allowed us to share experiences, offer support and advice. So uniting, to create a support network for the future. I am so looking forward to the next one”
This event is the first of many for Kent FA and Eighth Wonder and we look forward to uniting and supporting our female volunteers at future events.