by Mark Majdandzic
The day to day running of sporting clubs can be a gruelling and taxing task for anyone. Musgrave Soccer Club have continuously grown under the guidance of their President, Michelle Shultz.
“We have entered an exciting period of time where the world expects balance. Although it is a male dominated sport, women are successful and business minded and it is needed to create a good balance in the sport,” said Shultz.
Although some women find it challenging in this environment, Michelle is the complete opposite.
“I don’t find it challenging at all, especially in my own club. I am respected and trusted throughout the club.”
“I believe that during my time over the last ten years being involved I have learnt a lot about football and would never let being a woman stop me from having an opinion,” said Shultz.
With majority of administrators amongst our clubs being female, there are definite advantages they have over a male administrator. Shultz pointed out exactly where she feels the difference is.
“I feel that as a female, I can show more empathy and have a better psychological outlook towards members of our club and Football Gold Coast.”
“It gives us an advantage being able to relate to people and it can only bring better outcomes for the game,” said Shultz.
Under the guidance of Shultz, the club has consistently worked on improving the facilities around the club.
The recent addition of new lights, improved changing rooms and an upgrade on the clubhouse are some of many improvements made at the Mustangs.
But Shultz doesn’t plan on stopping the developments any time soon.
“We are still working towards continuing our upgrade on facilities and clubrooms. We still have a lot of areas we want to improve on.”
Having held administrative roles at club land for ten years, Shultz had some advice for women interested in getting involved at that level.
“Have belief and confidence in yourself that you can achieve success and help the community even if it seems like a male dominated field. You’ll be surprised at what you will get out of it,” said Shultz.