Farsley Celtic appoint first head of women’s football

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Sue Hawkshaw is the new head of women's football at football.

By John Baron

Farsley Celtic has announced the appointment of Sue Hawkshaw as the club’s first Head of Women’s Football.

Sue will be responsible for leading and developing women’s football across the club and brings a proven track record and a transferable skillset to the position.

She has a background in group IT at a bank and runs her own business, and is passionate about young people and education. Her daughter plays for Farsley Celtic’s women’s team.

“The growth of women’s football over the past few years has been inspiring, and Farsley Celtic have enjoyed success on the pitch,” said Sue. “The general awareness of women’s football is out there, the question for me is where do we go now? We have an opportunity to do something and I want to be a part of that.”

Sue has only just started in the role, and she is tasked with developing and overseeing the strategy to develop women’s football throughout the club.

The Citadel is the home of Farsley Celtic.

“I’m getting my feet under the table and need to sit down with the management team and get a real feel for the place,” she said. “I’d love too see a strong progression from youth sides into the ladies team and I want to support women across Farsley Celtic Football Club – young and old – and support the people who work with them.

“I’ll be looking at things including since and sponsorship, and development. My motivation is to make a positive difference in the amount of support the women’s team receives.”

Farsley Celtic Chairman Paul Barthorpe said: “To help develop the club as we want to, it is imperative that we bring in strong, high-calibre individuals who can take us to the next level and beyond across all sectors of our activity. Sue is very much in that category.

“A successful business owner in her own right. Sue brings with her a valuable and proven skill set which – coupled with a real passion for ladies’ football and for our club – makes her an ideal candidate for this role.

“As a relatively young club in terms of our board and management demographic, it is important that the people we bring on board fit in with not only our progressive culture and ethics but also show the drive and desire to succeed. Having spoken to Sue as part of this process this came through very strongly and I very much believe she will develop our ladies section into something the club can be proud of.”

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