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Despite the difficult circumstances of this year, you know we’ve tried to focus on the positive, have used this quieter time to grow the club and now we’re looking forward to the first season with our new women’s, reserve and youth teams.  And today, we’ve got yet another big news announcement to share which will help us across the board…

We’re so excited to reveal that Manchester United keeper Siobhan Chamberlain is joining the club as our first official Ambassador! 

Siobhan, capped 50 times for England and with previous clubs including Bristol Academy, Chelsea and Liverpool, has offered her help and support as the club enters our new phase, and her experience will prove invaluable for all teams.  As well as significant insight from having played at the highest level of the game, Siobhan brings a sports science degree, a masters degree in sports nutrition, coaching and lecturing experience, and media/marketing expertise.  Several of us at the club have worked with Siobhan in the past, and the eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed her at our friendly vs Swindon Supermarine two years ago, so when we talked to her about our expanding plans she was keen to be involved.  This isn’t simply an outward-facing appointment; Siobhan is expected to play an active and vital role in helping the committee steer the club towards a better playing environment for players and a stronger future for all.

Siobhan said:

I’m really looking forward to joining the Hashtag family from afar, and contributing to an already very successful setup.  I’m excited to get going, and I’ll see you all soon!

Jason Stephens, women’s first team manager, said of the news:

Wow…what fantastic news!  Having someone of Siobhan’s calibre and experience is a massive addition to the club.  This really does provide an opportunity for women and girls’ football in this area, hopefully as we strive to become one of the best clubs in the division.  I follow the women’s game in great detail, and we know that Siobhan brings experience from playing with several big clubs in England, including my own favourite, Liverpool, along with her overseas and international experience.  Siobhan is more than just a footballer, however; she is clearly educated to a high level, and she also has some lecturing experience so hopefully we can share some practices there too!  Overall, it’s a great appointment for the club and I can’t wait to brainstorm with her.

Alex Bailess, women’s captain, added:

It’s very exciting to announce Siobhan as ambassador for the club. How incredible is it to have someone with 50 England caps representing us players! Her achievements on and off the pitch are really inspiring and something for us and the younger girls to look up to. I’m sure we can learn a lot from her insight into top level football and what it takes to get there. It’s really important, especially in the current climate, to prepare ourselves both physically and mentally for the season ahead and I’m sure having Siobhan on board will help get us ready for this. This is another huge push to motivate us to put the work in, get back to business and aim for that promotion to tier 3 this season. I can’t wait to meet Siobhan and hear her visions for the club.

And Chairman Spencer had this to say:

We’re delighted to be able to welcome someone of Siobhan’s experience to our fast-growing football club.  I have no doubt that she’ll add tremendous value to not just our women’s setup but to the entire club.  I’ve followed her career closely over the years, and it’s another ‘pinch myself’ moment, the fact that this club had such humble beginnings on the internet and now we’re able to attract someone of Siobhan’s calibre to the family.  We’re all looking forward to working closely with Siobhan in the future.

All of us here at Hashtag would like to welcome Siobhan to the family, and look forward to seeing her at a game soon, fixtures allowing!


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