Football Focus Issue 75 - Page 22

Middlesbrough Women FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/FOOTYFOCUSMAG “Our biggest ambition is promotion. My aim is to make sure the club is ready and sustainable for promotion in the background, working alongside Lindsey Stephenson, who is club chairwoman.” rallied around with low amounts of staff, players are moving around different squads and still getting results and still getting the commitment from every player, especially around players needing confidence, players supporting them and getting round them. Times can be hard in football, but now the team is relatively on course to achieve targets.” This Season “The start of the season, for me has been a positive with programmes done to a high standard, fines being avoided and fans being engaged weekly. We would like more fans in if possible and we are working as a club to achieve this. However logistically we have struggled to travel to away games and are currently working towards fundraising and then buying a mini bus, making us sustainable for years to come: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ middlesbrough-women-minibus My plans are to increase attendance and gauge more of what fans want. Ideally, I would also like to have other volunteers working with us, whether that’s on match days and/or throughout the week. We know that we are not as active as we could be, because of time. It isn’t easy to produce articles or fill up social media, so we know we have come so far and now need to get to the next stage.” Community “We are a community club, we encourage clubs to come down weekly and be mascots for games, offering those players free access, goodies bags and access to another game at half price. This for us, is important, we want to inspire young girls to play football, whether that’s with us or anywhere Jason Meiers, of club sponsor Northern Coffee, recently took the time to tell us more about their positive association with the club, saying, “We are the First Team Sponsor and also support three of the players on the team. I’ve been to watch all but one of their games so far this season and it is great to see them doing very well. All credit to Matt and Lindsay down at the club, they do an excellent job. I am delighted to be a part of the club and I would love to see them in the Women’s Super League.” @northerncoffee Call 0191 456 1185 Northern Coffee, Stanley Street, South shields, NE34 0BX 22 Issue 75