Women’s RYG line-up confirmed for St Andrew’s
Ahead of Tuesday’s (3 May) Women’s Raise Your Game (RYG) event at Birmingham City, Kick It Out can confirm details around the day’s activities.
Tuesday’s event is a more intimate affair compared to Kick It Out’s national conference and offers attendees a unique chance to talk with those in the game in a relaxed atmosphere in the Legends Lounge at St Andrew’s Stadium.
Kelly Somers, Broadcast and Multimedia Executive at AFC Bournemouth, will host Women’s RYG after mentoring for the first time at the recent national RYG conference.
Kelly is the Cherries’ lead interviewer and presenter for the club’s video output and online video subscription service, while she also co-hosts on a matchday at the Vitality Stadium. As part of the club’s media team, Kelly also deals with press requests alongside her specialism in video and broadcast.
Marieanne Spacey, England Women’s Assistant Manager, will deliver a keynote speech to open Women’s RYG, while there will also be an opportunity to ask questions.
During a glittering playing career with Arsenal and Fulham, Marieanne won every domestic honour in the game. At international level, she turned out on 91 occasions for the Lionesses, then after hanging up her boots, Marieanne turned her hand to coaching with Fulham and is now assistant to Mark Sampson.
A Q&A session will then follow with a panel of inspiring women working in football. This includes Gemma Davies, Co-Producer at Sky Sports News HQ, who has extensive experience covering the England Men’s team for the channel.
Toby French from Careers in Football (www.careersinfootball.com) will present a careers workshop before lunch and after the break, the afternoon session will focus on two Birmingham City Ladies players who will discuss combining playing football and working.
Vice-captain Kerys Harrop is the club’s longest-serving player and has been involved with the senior squad since the launch of FA WSL in 2011. She was part of the squad that won the Women’s FA Cup in 2012, while she’s also appeared on the international stage with England.
Away from her playing exploits, Kerys works as a Programme Officer for the Birmingham City Ladies’ Sister Club initiative. In addition to this, Kerys also works at the University of Wolverhampton as a Lecturer within Sport Science.
Kerys will be joined by team-mate Corina Schröder, who joined the club in March 2016. Corina started her career in the Bundesliga at FCR 2001 Duisburg. After success with Duisberg, she moved to FFC Turbine Potsdam in 2009/10 where she won the Bundesliga title in 2010 and 2011. In 2013, Corina signed for Liverpool Ladies in the FA WSL and won titles in 2013 and 2014.
Away from the pitch, Corina is currently studying Economics and covers administration duties at Birmingham City Ladies FC.
The day finishes with an informal mentoring/networking session before Women’s RYG draws to a close around 3pm.
There’s still time to sign-up for this free event, click here to register your details.