BOARD SECONDMENT

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 12:28 PM

BY RACHEL ASQUITH

It is with great pleasure that I accepted a secondment onto the Claremont Football Club board for the 2020 season. For those who I am yet to meet, my name is Rachel Asquith, I am the President of the Claremont Women's Football Club.

In my position President, I am a volunteer and work full time outside of football in agriculture. After finished a Bachelor of Ag Science at UWA in 2014, I have worked in the agricultural technology space for a company called Agworld. I am passionate about agriculture and footy in equal proportions and will happily chat to anyone about both!

Prior to my starting my role as President, I played for Claremont for three years and peaked when I represented WA in the U23s State team. A series of injuries induced an early retirement but fortunately opened up opportunities in administration. I started volunteering for Claremont Women's in social media and sponsorship before moving into my current position in November 2018.

Claremont Women's has 32 year history, originally starting as the Innaloo Piranhas back in 1988 as one of four inaugural teams in the WA Women's Football League. Claremont is the only team in the competition's history to have fielded a team every year since its inception. You can read more about the Women's history here.

In recent history, with the launch of the AFLW and subsequently the WAFLW, we have been working in alignment with the Claremont Football Club. We are working to lift the profile of the game, engage a wider community around Claremont and provide pathways for local talent.

In my position on the board, I have a number of key goals:

  • Integrating the Claremont Women's Football Club completely under the Claremont Football Club constitution
  • Aligning sponsorship opportunities for mutual benefit
  • Engaging more community awareness of women's football in the Claremont district
  • Developing the talent pathway for both players and coaches

I have already had the pleasure of joining the board for my first meeting and am honoured that I have this opportunity. I look forward to working with the board to help develop the club, both for the men, the women and our wider community. We have an incredible foundation to work on in the women's football space, thanks to my predecessors and both Darcy Coffey and Graham Moss. I'm greatly looking forward to the season ahead and a future of equal opportunity football in the Claremont district.

Yours in football, 

Rachel Asquith