Kirsty Is Added To Board Of Directors

KIRSTY Clarke has been co-opted onto the Suffolk FA Board of Directors.

The 36-year-old, who was born in Rayleigh and grew up in the Southend area, where she has lived for most of her life, has recently moved to Clare, near Sudbury.

Kirsty (pictured above) has been involved in football for around 20 years as well as rugby, playing the latter at both county and regional level.

She joined Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby as National Development Director in January 2012, using her extensive sport development knowledge and experience to support club development and encourage participation growth across the sport.

Kirsty previously lived in Bedford and worked for five years at Sport England, where she held both National and Regional roles.

This included leading the redevelopment of Sport England’s Clubmark and running sports programmes. She also has experience in project and campaign management.

She has represented her county and region at rugby, but more recently has focused more attention to football.

Kirsty previously enjoyed coaching at her local MENCAP group and has taken part in various sporting challenges for charity.

She said: “Football has been a massive part of my life and I am really looking forward to joining what is already a strong Board.

“I hope my experience within girls’ and women’s football will support the Board and beyond to grow the game not just in the girls’ and women’s game but for everyone by maximising inclusivity.

“If you ensure the game looks inclusive then it will appeal more to people. For example, you have to ensure that grounds and bars are accessible to disabled people.

“Those things are important for football to be holistic and hopefully Suffolk FA can achieve that.”

Kirsty has been co-opted onto the Suffolk FA Board with immediate effect and is expected to be elected a full member in November.

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