At the Yarra Table – Administrators
Three Board members of the YJFL came together with two current Club Presidents in a roundtable discussion to talk about female administrators in football and the YJFL.
The roundtable discussions focussed on how they all began in Football, what they love about it and how to encourage female volunteers.
Check out the episode and understand how important females are to the future of the YJFL.
Join Ishbel Moodie (YJFL President), Sue Ellen Mackintosh (YJFL Board Member), Suki Styant-Browne (YJFL Board Member), Marisa Hewitt (North Brunswick JFC President) and Adrienne Moulder (Templestowe JFC President) as they talk ‘Women in Yarra’.
You can view the entire discussion here: youtu.be/Ipil0dHecOI
It is the first time in the history of the YJFL that we have had a female President, and given the number of girls playing AFL football, this is significant moment for the League. Ishbel is Director of Client Relationships at Thomson Reuters Legal Australia, and is a former junior coach at Fitzroy JFC, where she still has children playing football.
Sue Ellen is a former team manager and current trainer at the Ashburton Junior Football Club, where her son plays. She is a past player for De La Salle Old Collegians Amateur Football Club in the AFL Masters and AFL 9’s programs, and she has been the Vice President at DLSOCFC since 2019. Sue Ellen brings extensive brand marketing experience to the YJFL Board and her passion for developing young women in sport & leadership roles.
Suki was elected to the YJFL in November 2021, after a 3 year stint as President of Preston Bullants Junior Football Club. While at Preston Suki was an integral part of initiating a female football program, she introduced a round to recognise First Nations People and in Season 2021 grew membership to the highest they’ve ever been. Professionally, Suki is a Studio Manager at Law Architects.
Marisa first got involved in junior footy in 2016, contributing in various match day volunteer roles for her eldest daughter’s team. When her younger daughter took up footy, Marisa became a Team Manager and eventually took up coaching in 2020. In addition to coaching she also became a NBJFC Committee member, and in 2021 took over as club President. Marisa has a lifelong love of the game and is passionate about junior footy and coaches helping players to build footy and life skills through positive reinforcement. She is especially motivated by her role coaching girls’ footy and uses that platform to help girls build resilience, practice leadership and good decision making, and to have confidence in themselves on and off the footy field. In her life outside of footy Marisa has qualifications in criminology and public policy and is the Risk & Strategy Director in the Not for Profit Centre of the Australian Tax Office (ATO).
Adrienne has held numerous roles at Templestowe Junior Football Club since her 2 sons first joined the club in 2012 including, Team Manager, Team Manager Coordinator and Equipment Officer. Adrienne took on the role of President in 2021 and is the first female president in the club’s 52 year history. ‘I am passionate about ensuring that children of all ages, ethnicity, sex and ability can play football in an inclusive and supportive environment. The club provides an environment that allows players to have fun, play with their friends, make new friends and enjoy a space where they can be who they are. We are working on ways we can support our players to develop their skills whilst still providing opportunities for those players who are aiming at elite level football to gain specialist training and an understanding of the pathways to achieving this goal.’