To celebrate Female Football Week 2016, Northern NSW Football will be publishing a series of profiles of females flourishing in football, highlighting the important contributions they make to the game.
Profile | Ainsleigh Bates
Ainsleigh is a young, bright player with a love of Football that has been influenced by the passion her dad has for the game. At the age of 23 she is already a Life Member of her Club, Mayfield United Junior Soccer Football Club (JSFC), a dedicated volunteer, player, Newcastle Jets supporter and Football Administrator.
From starting to play for Mayfield United JSFC at age 5, at age 18 Ainsleigh was secretary for Mayfield and strived to create an environment that engaged females across all levels of the game. She took on the role after years of looking up to her dad’s involvement and influence he had on club committees he attended, seeing the opportunity she now had to make a difference at the club for female participation.
After five years being the clubs secretary, Ainsleigh moved on to a new and exciting opportunity to work within Northern NSW Football’s largest zone Newcastle Football as their Operations Assistant. Her role includes the daily management of competitions, dealing with registration and general enquiries and servicing the 35 clubs located within the zone. Although unable to continue as secretary for her club, Ainsleigh couldn’t give away the connection and continues the management of the Mayfield United JSFC website and social media channels.
As she has a strong passion for football, she doesn’t want to stop there; Ainsleigh is looking to the future in a hope that she can continue her career within the beautiful game.
Her passion ultimately lies with providing women and girls more opportunities to participate in football and she is an advocate for MiniRoos for girls’ teams and Girls Only Leagues. Although she admits in the past it has been hard to get women to buy into these opportunities, the tides are changing. Newcastle Football in conjunction with its neighbour zone Macquarie Football had nine (9) MiniRoos for girl’s leagues in 2015, with 16 clubs participating. This number will again grow in 2016, with the next wave of keen, enthusiastic 6 year old girls getting ready to play football with their local club.