Dear NWSF Football Family
It is with mixed emotions that I write this to you as part of the family of NWSF.
Over the last couple of years, I have considered pursuing my football passion via corporate employment and this week I accepted a contract position with Football NSW as Legacy Plan Manager which is very exciting for me professionally.
The FNSW Legacy Plan Manager will oversee the delivery of FNSW’s 2023 Women’s World Cup Legacy Program which aims to maximise the benefits of hosting the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. This role will manage a suite of programs and services that will grow the female game and provide lasting benefits across all facets of the sport.
As a condition of accepting this role, it is a requirement that I do not hold any other paid or unpaid role with a member club or Association. Sadly, this means I will step down from Chair of the NWSF Board effective Friday 16th September 2022.
The last 7 years as Chair of the Board (GHFA and NWSF) has been a rollercoaster of events and emotions with huge successes, foremost being the merger of GHFA and NWSWF in 2019, along with the implementation of Walk Football, Masters Football, Womens Premier League and strengthening the pathway between our grassroots clubs and representative pathway. Then the downsides of COVID and inclement weather which has played havoc with our ability to schedule full seasons of football.
With an enthusiastic office team, a motivated FMC and supportive Board I believe we have weathered the events admirably and am proud of the position we are in. Of course, there is still more to be done and our future focus continues to be improving facilities, connecting the community through football and the potential for football 365 days a year. I have no doubt the board will continue to progress those initiatives.
I wish to thank the many people that have encouraged and supported me along the journey. It has been incredibly rewarding and I look forward to continuing to encourage all to participate in and enjoy the world game.
See you around the grounds
“On behalf of the Board and all Association clubs, we would like to thank Helen for her service and leadership these past seven years.” Interim NWSF Chair, Malcolm Arnold stated.
“During this time, we have achieved much and she leaves a substantial legacy.”
“We wish Helen great success in her new role with Football NSW.”