Welcome to the latest weekly update from the Manchester City Women’s Official Supporters’ Club.
Obviously living in the part of the country that we do, we have seen a few restrictions placed back around us this week. We all hope that a safe way to attend games in the new season can be worked out, although it seems unlikely for the early games.
This week has again been a busy one for us at the OSC. We have opened up our memberships for new members and renewals for the new season and they have been flooding in. If you want to rejoin or join up and are not sure of how to do this, please just drop us an E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our treasurer Jude Morris-King was very proud to represent ourselves and the WSL Football Supporters’ Association (FSA) group this week in a virtual meeting arranged by The Football Collective. The Womans Game Network meeting consisted of Jude, Bailey Brown (president – Independent Supporters’ Council North America) and Gaby Rosa – (Rose City Riveters the Supporters’ Group representing Portland Thorns). Jude was proud to chat about the OSC, our formation back in 2015, and our subsequent role at the forefront of driving the awareness of women’s football in this country. She covered our changes and the obvious impact that Covid-19 has had on us all. Other topics covered included how all supporters’ clubs are about so much more than just watching the game, they are about growing a family of supporters from all walks of life, regardless of which team you support.
Mental health awareness was a big issue covered too and the positive impact supporters’ clubs can have in that area. A lot of respect was shown to committee members who give up their time and put in so much effort to run the supporters’ clubs. Both Jude and indeed the OSC are rightly very proud to be invited to take part in these discussions and we feel that together with the other supporters groups involved in The FSA and Free Lionesses supporters’ club networks, we are slowly but steadily changing perceptions for the better.
Finally, our online interactions have been as busy as ever with another virtual branch meeting for our wonderful members (including the infamous ‘cheese or service station’ quiz). There have also been more giveaways and general chat on both our Twitter and Facebook threads. All this feels more important than ever at the moment with us again being isolated due to the latest Government restrictions.
Take care and we will be back again with another update next week.
Dave (Committee member – MCWFC OSC)