As part of International Women’s Day, we profile some of the Club’s female staff. Today we meet Erin Nelson.
What is your role at Melbourne City FC
I am a physiotherapist for our W-League and Academy teams. My role is predominantly rehab based at the moment, so I work closely with each athlete post-injury to get them back playing.
What is it like to work in the football environment?
Working in such a fast-paced and elite environment ensures there is never a dull moment! In the football department the staff work collaboratively together to help to make each player perform at their best. Our athletes are also amazing to work with – this makes each day rewarding and fun. No two days are ever the same.
Why is it important to recognise the impact of women on football clubs at all levels?
I think women working in and playing sport has come a long way, but it also has a long way to go, which is exciting! For such a long time professional sport has been a male domain – both for players and staff. Now that women have more opportunities available I hope that the knowledge, skills and professionalism that we can bring to sport is recognised. Hopefully the momentum can continue and more barriers be broken.
Who has been one of your female mentors/inspirations in your career and why?
From when I was young my Mum had a hugely successful career in the disability sector. She worked hard and always gave as much as she could. I think this unconsciously removed all doubt that women could be just as successful as men in their chosen field. I never doubted the outcomes of hard work. I also never questioned the idea of a women being able to support her family both financially and at home.
How important is it to recognise IWD?
More recognition is needed for women who have fought hard, found success and forced change. From my experience, it seems to take extra courage and great skills to find success (in many aspects of life) as a female. IWD is a great opportunity to turn the spotlight on women doing great things all over the World.