A group of girls from Batley High School were invited to Huddersfield Town to learn about some of the opportunities in Football as they prepare to start careers of their own.

The day started at the John Smith’s Stadium with the students visiting some of the different departments at the Club, meeting Town employees and learning about some of their day-to-day roles and responsibilities.

Students got the chance to speak to some of the senior female staff working in departments such as Operations, Club Shop and the Ticket Office.

The day continued with two separate Q&A sessions in the Fantastic Media Suite, giving the girls the chance to ask questions and start discussions with a panel of female employees at Town.

One panel was made up of Ann Hough (Operations Director), Zoe Shackleton (HR Manager) and Lesley Turner (Operations Manager) and the second included Siobhan Atkinson (Foundation Chief Executive), Karen Jagger (Academy Secretary) and Sue Beaumont (Ticket Office Manager).

There were some engaging questions and discussions surrounding the challenges of working in football as a woman and stories about the journey taken by each of the panellists to their current roles.

The day was rounded up at Leeds Road Sports Complex – home of the Town Foundation – with a practical session highlighting some of the work done by Huddersfield Town’s very own Charity.

Ruby Marlow, Woman and Girls Lead Coach at the Town Foundation:

“It was a very enjoyable day for me and the girls that came down. It’s not often we get to highlight all the fantastic work that goes on by our female staff at the Club and Foundation; so I jumped at the chance to make this happen.

“It’s important to show young women the pathways into job roles and hopefully we can inspire the next generation of girls in football.”