Lucy Turner Named Women & Girls Ambassador

Reds in the Community are delighted to announce that Barnsley FC Ladies captain Lucy Turner will be our first ever Women & Girls Ambassador!

Lucy will support the development of the women’s game and general female fitness in the local area through Reds in the Community’s female initiatives for the duration of the 2018/19 season.

Chris Hamilton’s side have been working closely with RITC and Barnsley Football Club to give back to the local community so far this year.

Six Ladies players have visited the recent Summer Soccer Camps in joint appearances with the men’s first team.

Lucy, alongside her centre back partner Georgina Wilson, have also helped raise awareness for local health campaign Be Cancer Safe.

With many more Ladies player visits in the pipeline, Reds in the Community have progressed their backing for developing female football through appointing their first ever Women & Girls Ambassador.

Lucy will support a number of female-focused programmes including weekly Move to Lose and SSE Wildcats sessions, as well as holiday dance and multi-sport camps.

The Ladies skipper is excited to get started in her new role and to help grow the women’s game in Barnsley.

She said: “I’m really grateful for the opportunity. I was shocked to be asked to be honest. I think it’s a really good idea for Reds in the Community to have a Women’s Ambassador when they haven’t had one before. I think it shows the growth of female participation in sport and also the women’s game. I’m looking forward to getting involved in other programmes at Reds in the Community such as school-based programmes, Move to Lose and Wildcats. The feeling in the club is really positive. The girls have loved coming down to Soccer Camps and I know they’re looking forward to getting involved in other programmes based at Oakwell and in and around Barnsley.”

Women & Girls Officer Lynn Goodman leads on the various female-only initiatives that Reds in the Community run.

She was also pleased to have ‘role model’ Lucy’s support as a player Ambassador.

She added: “It’s great to have Lucy on board as Women and Girls Ambassador. Obviously in the last few weeks we’ve had some of the Ladies coming in to visit Soccer Camps. In the future, we’ll have some more at other projects. We’ve never had a Women’s Ambassador before so having Lucy on board shows the work we are trying to push at Reds in the Community. For the youngsters, seeing Lucy being the Ambassador, the skills she has within her team and being a role model on and off the pitch proves that women can play in sport.”