Week Notes | January 29 2021

What I’m thinking about

  • Funding — Finally we will be receiving some kind of information about the £3 million government survival package for clubs in the WSL and Championship! We have a meeting scheduled on Monday alongside the clubs, the FA, Sport England and a consultancy company about the government package. Split evenly across…

Weeknotes — week starting Jan 11

This week has been one of those classic weeks where the best laid plans to do some thinking and strategic work are shuffled to the side as urgent deadlines pop up.

We’re looking to recruit in this window so this week has involved a lot of conversations, discussions, networks. Sometimes…

Week Notes I January 8 2021

Two things on my mind this week —rules and rules.

Covid rule violations

Last month in a single incident, a small number of players broke COVID rules. We disciplined the players involved immediately (although the wrath of some of their teammates would likely have been enough).

In comparison to the international breaks we’ve…

The week that went from 0 to 100, from lockdown to hundreds of fans being allowed back in.

This weekend — international break — I was meant to be hanging our with friends in Margate. Instead…

Drumroll — I spent a lot of time working with Directors and colleagues on…

What I did

  • Dealt with accreditation to our Conti Cup game v Bristol. We had 4 FA officials in on Wednesday, one scout, 4 cameras (one didn’t work), 3 photographers, and about 4 print/podcast journos to welcome in alongside stewards, security, our players and the opposition.
  • Wasted a Wednesday. It’s so hard to…

Lockdown #2 comes into force, meaning all our junior teams and our men’s teams have their last games and training for a month — whilst the women’s first team face 3 games in 8 days with no change to schedule, as an “elite” team. Written en route to Leicester City…

It’s been one of those whackamole weeks with lots of urgent things popping up needing addressing, but I’m trying still to make sure there’s time for future planning, otherwise you can get bogged down in just being reactive.

What I did

  • Navigated stormy COVID waters. With infections in women’s football rising (the FA…

The international break means no game this weekend, so a bit more time for thinking and less about game logistics! We have two players away for the week with England U19s and the Cyprus international team.

What I did

  • Enjoyed the buoyant feeling (long may it last) that comes with a good start…

Maggie Murphy

General Manager, Lewes FC. Director of Equal Playing Field. Formerly @anticorruption @minorityrights @amnesty

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