Week Notes November 8 2020

What I did

  • Tried quite unsuccessfully to concentrate on Monday, the day after the Liverpool game. Hosting home games is pretty heavy-going, and I’m always exhausted the day after. Add to that, the nervous energy of remaining level on points with the full-time giants, and it was difficult to focus on the week in hand.
  • Twitter updates for our midweek Conti Cup game v the Bees. I hate it. I miss bits of the game, and am constantly asking those around me “who laid off that ball, who got the shot? What happened in the middle then?” We’re trying to keep travelling numbers low though for COVID prevention, so it means a small number of people taking on additional tasks.
  • Sort out new training kit with the pathway coaches for our very excited U14s and U16s. “Small shorts, large socks, medium training top, medium tracky bottoms — not small, medium, where’s the other box? We don’t have any more mediums? Rain-jacket — check, jumper?”
  • Zoom meetings — with the FA on monitoring and improving physical performance, with the FA on COVID and lockdown, with the brilliant UK’s head of female sports chaplaincy about a chaplain supporting the club, with the FA on the legacy of the UEFA championships in 2022, with Aston Villa to learn about their new university partnership to see what we can apply at Lewes, with a researcher on female leadership in football)
  • Gave an online talk to One Family in Brighton, about the club, and why increasing opportunity and equality for women and girls in sport is key to much deeper social cohesion. The talk was part of One Family’s series of talks throughout the year for staff to learn more about various diversity and inclusion issues. They were a good crowd with good questions.
  • Fell asleep whilst watching the US election results come in — which didn’t matter, as I couldn’t have stayed away for 5 days in any case. Delighted that Biden has replaced Trump, excited at the prospect of Kamala Harris taking a leading role in the next establishment, horrified by how close it was, dismayed and disgusted that Trump’s support seems to have increased amongst white women, grateful to black women in America, nervous about Trump’s inability to accept the result.

What I listened to

  • Away games mean catching up on podcasts on long journeys. I managed to catch up on the Game Changers interviews with Gabby Logan (forgot she was a rhythmic gymnast), Ebony Rainford-Brent (changing the world of cricket, one girl at a time, and she has a mega bucket list and is super focused on strategy and targets… I bet she does good spreadsheets).
  • My absolute absolute favourite from this podcast is the one with Rose Reilly. Yes you’ve probably never heard of her, and I just can’t do her achievements nor her storytelling justice, it’s just amazing, please listen!
COVID safe team “huddle” v the Bees midweek.

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

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Maggie Murphy

Maggie Murphy

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

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