During Female Football Week, Northern NSW Football would like to highlight the involvement of women in the sport.
Today we are highlighting Sharon Scriven from Mullumbimby Brunswick Valley FC (MBVFC).
Sharon is a dedicated and enthusiastic administrator and a player who is focused on increasing female participation in her club and across the Far North Coast Region.
Outside of football, Sharon is an Executive Manager of the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association, so sport is pretty much embedded in every aspect of her life!
During Female Football Week Sharon organised a Girls Gala day to engage women and girls in football to get them interested in the game for season 2017.
On behalf of Northern NSW Football, thanks for all of your hard work and dedication Sharon!
Roles within Football:
MBVFC Female Participation Officer and 5th Division women’s player
How you got involved in Football and why?
When I lived on the Central Coast in 2011, I was persuaded to join the local women’s team at Avoca FC by one of my good friends, Justine, who was also on the Avoca FC committee. I was 43 then, so a very late starter!
Which club are you involved with?
Initially Avoca FC (on the NSW Central Coast) and now Mullumbimby Brunswick Valley FC. Although I do still have close ties with Avoca FC and will be travelling to Auckland to compete in the World Masters Games as a (guest) member of their team, which I’m very excited about!
Within your role, what are your ultimate goals, what are you passionate about?
After relocating north to Mullumbimby from Avoca Beach, I am very lucky to be involved with another great, supportive community club – MBVFC – and I have recently taken up the position of Female Participation Officer.
MBVFC is committed to increasing participation in female football, creating more opportunities for girls and women in our region – something that I am really passionate about! I would like to encourage more girls and women to ‘have a go’ at this great sport by increasing the profile of female football generally; female football role models (such as coaches, players, officials and committee members) and ultimately, the number of female only teams in this region.
How has football influenced you?
Hugely. My husband is playing 1st division this season (he is the oldest player on the pitch on his match days!). I play for the women’s 5th division and my two daughters both play U16 girls. It feels like we spend more time at the football ground than we do at home sometimes (not that any of us are complaining!).