Of the 10 football clubs in Southland, three have female presidents and each of them share common ground. All three acknowledge supportive, hard-working committees which back them and all talk of social, family-orientated clubs. Lindsay Beer spoke to the three presidents, Bronwyn Campbell, of Winton Football Club; Leeann Duston of Queens Park Association Football Club, and Ange MacKenzie of Old Boys Association Football Club, both of Invercargill, and will report his observations over the next three weeks.
WINTON Football Club president Bronwyn Campbell became involved in the her children.
When they were young, her two sons took up the sport, and to help understand the game better, Campbell decided to also get involved.
“I stepped in to coach the boys’ teams when they were short of coaches and I received really good support from our junior co-ordinator Wendy Boniface and Mandy Smalley,” she said.
“My first year of playing the game was 2009, and in 2010 I was asked to become a committee member.
“I also assisted with the management of the Winton Ladies team.”
In 2013, she became the president of the club, and had been in the role since.
“I really enjoy it. I have a very good management committee.
“There are 10 of us and it was set up very well by Mandy Smalley and Wendy Boniface before me.”
In 2016, Campbell was part of the women’s team, which competed at the Masters Games in Dunedin where they called themselves the Country Cowgirls.
She had gone to the last three Masters Games in 2016, 2018 and 2020.
“We are a very family-focused club husband played with the boys in the men’s senior team.
I have refereed a few men’s games at home and we have a Summer Football Tournament on Thursday nights during the last school term of the year.”
The club had seven junior teams and two senior teams this year.
“We encourage social engagement year we have a pizza night for coaches and managers to recognise their contribution.”
Winton was a great development club, she said.
“We have seen our players go from Winton to Donald Gray [Memorial Cup] teams in town and we are happy to offer a development pathway.”
Her oldest son and one of the girls from the club had attended colleges in the United States of America.
“My son is at West Virginia Tech while my youngest plays in the men’s team which my husband coaches.”