Manchester City and England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley has become the first professional footballer to sit on a County FA’s Board of Directors.
The shot-stopper has been appointed Independent Non-Executive Director for Women & Girls’ Football in Manchester: tasked with continuing the growth of women’s and girls’ participation.
The 35-year-old told mancity.com: “I’m so excited to join the board and absolutely can’t wait to get out and visit the players, coaches and volunteers in women and girls’ football in Manchester once the grassroots season kicks off again.
“I’ve been very lucky to experience playing at the highest level in different countries in my career, as well as getting to represent my country on the international stage.
“And alongside playing with City, I’m so excited to now focus on increasing participation numbers of women and girls’ playing football in Manchester. It’s something that is very close to my heart and I really do believe that women and girls’ football has a bright future here.”
Manchester FA’s CEO, Colin Bridgford commented: “Having someone of Karen’s experience is tremendous news for women and girls’ football in Manchester.
“Her knowledge of women’s football is second-to-none, and her experience will be crucial as she plays a key role in growing participation numbers, and developing the talents of female footballers across our city.”