SUPPORT | International Women’s Day

SUPPORT | International Women’s Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day all this week we will be featuring women involved in various roles at Southport Football Club.

Day five of our look at women with different roles at the Football Club and we have Christine Classon with her profile today….

“I was always passionate about watching football from a young age and would have loved the opportunities that girls and women have in the game today.

I have been watching Southport for the last 10 years, after moving into the area with my partner Hamish Morton – Hamish is the SFC Kit Manager and virtually lives at the club, so when I retired two years ago it was the only way I could get to spend any time with him!

I originally started out helping in the Club Shop a couple of seasons ago; I am now the Club Shop Manager and I also coordinate our fantastic team of club volunteers. I have recently become more involved behind the scenes, supporting with some administrative duties. Together with my matchday commitments I can now be involved with football club activity 7 days a week …  and I love it!

When taking on the Volunteer Coordinator role I was determined to make all our volunteers feel part of the club and to feel valued-  any club at this level needs its volunteers to keep the place going.

I thoroughly enjoy my role and I’m inspired by all the challenges it brings; it allows me to share and utilise the skills and experiences I gained from working as an Operations Manager with Barclays Bank  towards supporting the club achieve its goals.”

Our fourth profile in our week of looking at women involved with the Football Club takes a look at our Sports Therapist Jessica Hill

‘Having recently graduated as a Sports Therapist, working part time with Southport FC is perfect for me. I attend training sessions when possible and help the players with both recovery and game preparation by offering sports massage. Not only does this assist the players but also gives me great experience of a football environment. I am inspired by the lack of female staff within sport, football in particular and look forward to the day when this becomes the norm.’

Our third profile of the week in our series looking at women involved at the Club takes a look at Hayley Sharrock who is one of our Ladies Team Leadership Group and who also works at both of our local sixth form colleges.

Hayley pictured here has written the following:

‘I have been involved in playing football since the age of 16 and I am still playing 16 years later. I have always had a passion for playing football and I cannot stay away even though I originally hung my boots up two years ago. My role within the team as one of the senior players is to mentor the younger members of the squad, helping them to develop their skills and techniques. The one player who inspires me is Casey Stoney – former England captain and now currently the manager of Manchester United Ladies – as she is driven, successful and has done a lot for women’s football.’

In the second of our week long features about women with roles at the club we take a look at Julia Urwin who is our Club Photographer.

Friday 10th October 1966 Southport 4 v 1 Barrow

This was my first ever football match and my Dad and I stood in the paddock in front of the old wooden stand to watch it. Some ten weeks later the stand burnt down and I remember being really upset by it – at the age of eleven Southport FC was in my blood.

My voluntary work started in the 1970’s when I helped out in the promotions’ office counting out the weekly ‘lottery’ tickets ready to go out to the local people, businesses and shops who sold them. This led to helping out with plenty of other ‘jobs’ but I never minded because I loved the club and the whole atmosphere around the ground – even when it was empty! Of course voluntary work can lead to many things for people and for me it led me to meeting Rob, my husband, who was also a volunteer at the club.

Although we moved away from Southport for thirteen years, due to Rob’s work, we returned to Southport in 1995 and once again we became volunteers at the club. By 2008 I had started to do some matchday photography and worked alongside the late Sally Devine who herself was a true fan and volunteer photographer. Around 2010 I also took over the running of the club shop and although I am no longer involved with the shop the photography has evolved to the point where I am the mad, old woman who sits on the touchline in all weathers. Since becoming the club photographer I have been encouraged by many people including Steve Porter (who has been the club photographer in the past) and Rob who as programme editor and statistician loves me capturing all the milestone goals (no pressure there then). For me there is nothing better than capturing that special moment whether it be a goal, players celebrating, fans celebrating or lifting a trophy.

Day One: Jennifer Barton


Jennifer Barton is the Events & Hospitality Manager at the Club.

“I have always had a soft spot for Southport FC as I used to watch my dad play here, I was a regular ball girl and sometimes mascot.

It is great to be a part of all the changes that have happened recently and it’s exciting to see the club moving forward.

My role as Events & Hospitality Manager helps me further these changes by organising functions and welcoming new people to see the development of the stadium. Working on a match day running the hospitality is great fun and it’s always nice to see the buzz around Haig Avenue on a Saturday when there is a home game.

My inspiration is my Mum, she taught me that anything is achievable if I believe in myself”




The Young Jennifer

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