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We're updating our list of women who are looking to join a football Board or Committee

Updated: Sep 29, 2023

In football, we often celebrate the giants—the legends who've graced the pitch, the coaches who've moulded champions, and the fans whose passion fuels the game. But behind every great footballing nation, there's a silent army of leaders and visionaries, many of whom have been women paving the way for change. Today, we stand on the shoulders of these leaders, and one initiative is helping us move forward: Elaine's List.


Elaine's List, bearing the name of Elaine Watson, a true champion of women's football who dedicated her life to advancing women's participation in football, is a distinct member benefit offered exclusively by Women Onside. This initiative serves as a resource for those who have, or intend to, complete the Getting on Board Masterclass, a comprehensive program designed to equip women with the skills and knowledge necessary to take on leadership roles within football.


Elaine's List is a dynamic initiative that embodies our commitment to advancing women in football leadership. At its core, Elaine's List is about building a community of talented women who aspire to join football boards or committees. This exclusive list serves as a platform for connecting these aspiring leaders with opportunities and mentors within the football world. It's a powerful tool designed to bridge the gap between ambition and accomplishment, fostering a diverse and inclusive landscape in football governance. Through Elaine's List, we aim to nurture the next generation of women leaders who will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of Australian football.


Beyond being a mere directory, Elaine's List represents access to a network of accomplished women who have traversed the complex landscape of football leadership. This network is well-versed in the unique challenges and obstacles women aspiring to leadership positions face. Becoming a member of Women Onside and completing the Getting on Board Masterclass grant entry to this invaluable network.


Elaine's List isn't just about inclusion; it's a dynamic tool for empowering women to step into prominent roles in football. It underscores the significance of diverse leadership in the growth and sustainability of the sport. This initiative bridges the gap between aspiration and realisation by connecting emerging leaders with seasoned mentors and role models.


As we herald the advent of Elaine's List, we pay homage to the visionaries who have been instrumental in advancing women's football. People who have dedicated their lives to dismantling barriers and propelling the women's game forward. They set the stage for the remarkable achievements we see today. Elaine's List embodies their legacy, encapsulating their spirit and ensuring their invaluable contributions endure.


As we continue our journey to empower women in football leadership, let us remember those who paved the way, acknowledge the progress made, and eagerly anticipate a future where women lead, inspire, and shape the landscape of Australian football. With initiatives like Elaine's List, that future is not just a distant goal; it's a reality within reach.



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