Ben Gilby – Founder & Editor:
The draw of women’s football for me is its skill, fair play and the fantastic connection and accessibility between players and supporters.
Having spent a lot of time in Australia, I was introduced quite a few years ago to the superstar that is East Fremantle’s very own Sam Kerr, whose family home is around 20 minutes away from where the Australian branch of my family lives. Following her career develop since she was a teenager has been incredibly exciting and I’m a massive fan of The Matildas and the women’s domestic game Down Under. I am proud to have World Cup 2019 ‘Matildas’ home and away shirts with ‘Kerr 20’ on the back which Sam signed for me after her Chelsea debut. As well as The Matildas I am a long-time huge fan of A-League Women side Perth Glory.
Having devised a media campaign with Norwich City Women FC that tied in with the 2019 Women’s World Cup to develop the awareness of their club within Norfolk which promoted the club and shone a light on so many fantastic people with incredible stories of resilience, determination, and overcoming the odds that needed to be shared and celebrated, I was drawn towards helping to promote the women’s game more widely. This was the prime motivation for developing Impetus.
Additionally, I am the Western Australia women’s football correspondent for The Women’s Game, Australia’s hugely successful and award-winning women’s sport website and publication. This role involves covering Perth Glory weekly as well as the state level scene. I am additionally now their UK-based FA Women’s Super League writer. A member of the Women’s Sports Alliance, I was the winner of their Inaugural (Media) Contributor Award in April 2021.
Darrell Allen – Contributor:
I have volunteered at several Norfolk women’s football clubs. This involved reporting on games home and away as well as posting regular content across the clubs’ Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds. I have also got my first season ticket at Chelsea Women for 2021/2022 season and look forward to visiting Kingsmeadow when I can during the season.
Vince Caratozzolo (Foto Enzo) – Contributor:
Vince runs the hugely successful Foto Enzo photography site. He provides photographs to Football West, the governing body of football in the state of Western Australia. As part of our coverage of the Western Australia NPL Women’s competition this season, we have permission to use his photographs. https://www.fotoenzo.com/
Jorge Ceron – Contributor:
First I didn’t know that there was a women’s soccer league in my country, Mexico. Then I watched my favourite team’s games in the finals, then I watched all my favourite team’s games, then I watched local league games, and finally, now I watch as many women’s soccer games as I can around the world and I love it! I live in Mexico City and I will keep you updated on the activity of Mexican women’s soccer.
Rachel Lara Cohen – Contributor:
Rachel is based in London. She’s a lifelong Spurs fan and, more recently a Spurs Women season ticket holder. She runs http://spurswomen.uk.
Jack Dilks – Contributor:
Jack is a Melbourne-based photographer who is supplying us with photos from the women’s game in the state of Victoria.
Kris Goman – Contributor:
Kris is a Sydney-sider who became obsessed with women’s football during the Women’s World Cup. She takes up the story: “I’d had a passing interest prior, watching the occasional W-League on a Saturday afternoon on the telly and did get to witness Norway beat Germany in the semis of the 2000 Olympics but the 2019 World Cup kicked off a passion that turned me into an avid fan. Late 2019 saw me travelling to the USA to watch the USWNT play Portugal and catch a few NWSL games. Since then I’ve attended all the W-League matches in Sydney and a couple in Canberra and Newcastle as well as all the Olympic qualification matches. I’ve always had an interest in photography (travel and tennis mostly) and started taking my camera to matches to document the games and capture the action. I joined a worldwide writing team to cover the 2020 Challenge Cup and I’m looking forward to contributing to the coverage of the A-League Women and Matildas for Impetus. I’ve got many favourite teams, the Matildas being top of the tree, but tend to have favourite players more than teams, which can make it tricky at times to figure out who to support. But I just love watching all women’s football and follow the A-League Women, the WSL, and the NWSL closely which requires many late nights.”
JASP Photography – Contributor:
Provider of photographs to Western Australia NPL Women’s side Balcatta Etna, JASP Photography have given us permission to use their shots of matches involving the club as part of our coverage of the competition this season.
Rob Lizzi – Contributor:
Rob is based in Perth, Western Australia and is providing Impetus with photos from all Perth SC’s matches as part of our coverage of Western Australia’s NPL Women’s competition.
Mike McCarthy (@PhotosSalem) – Contributor:
My route into women’s football, like for many I’m sure, was through my daughter, first through coaching and then through photography when she joined Cork City FC in the Irish Women’s National League (WNL) at the age of 16. I’ve grown to love women’s football. There’s something magical about seeing girls and women expressing themselves through the beautiful game, an opportunity they wouldn’t have had in the recent past. There are still so many obstacles put in their way though, so I’m delighted to make even the smallest contribution to promoting the game.
Tom McCarthy – Contributor:
Tom is a part-time photographer and massive Perth Glory fan. He takes photos from their home games and supplies the official @PerthGloryFC social media accounts with match action. We are thrilled that he has agreed to provide us with pictures from A-League Women games played in Western Australia.
Peter Minogue – Contributor:
Peter is a sports photographer who is renowned for his football coverage in the Republic of Ireland. Impetus are delighted that Peter has agreed to supply us with photos from matches in the FAI Women’s National League.
Esther Owusua Appiah-Fei – Contributor:
I am a sports writer based in Ghana. For so long I’ve loved women’s football so much so I randomly find myself looking for games or match venues they played at. In Africa, coverage of the Women’s game is still pretty nascent and low as well. So when deciding which area I’d specialize in, I thought long and hard about which genre of sport to cover. I’d admit I was really scared to cover the Women’s game because it wasn’t mainstream and I’d probably not get the recognition I want in my career like when I cover the men’s game. I did cover the men’s game for a while but I had an epiphany. My heart just wasn’t in it and that is when it hit me, if you love something, you give your all for it irrespective of the benefits you’d receive in return. I then started extensively covering the Women’s game and I loved it. I loved it so much that I would look forward to their games every day. Contributing content on Women’s football on Impetus is truly an honour. I want to push African Women’s football to the world and showcase the incredible talent we have here as well.
Catherine Paquette – Contributor:
Based in Canada, I have been obsessed with football, or as it is called in North America, soccer, since I was a child.
At the time, the main sports channel showed three Premier League matches a week and I used to watch them all. A lot has changed since then. Perhaps the greatest thing is that women’s football is not only becoming more mainstream and professionalized, but, for a fan, more accessible.
This has allowed me to branch out into writing about what I have loved for so long, something I have been doing for two years now. An avid follower of the A-League Women, the NWSL and the FAWSL, I will generally watch and analyse whatever women’s matches I can find. I have a media platform called HerBeautifulGame and my personal Twitter is @FootyPaquette.
Hannah Parnell – Contributor:
Hannah is a Suffolk-based photographer who has provided photos exclusively for Impetus from international matches played in England and also for our East Anglian women’s football coverage.
Jean-Pierre Thiesset – Contributor & French Language Editor:
I was born in France where I have spent most of my life except for seven years in USA (1993 to 1999 in Pennsylvania, 2002 Atlanta). I played football when I was young and then went on the coaching side for young men (U7 to U15) in different amateur clubs.
When I retired at the end of 2017, I started to follow more closely women’s football and I loved it so much that I cannot quit it now! What I like in Women’s football is the fair play and the skills of the players. It is incredible to watch them play. Furthermore, the players are so easy to approach and so available and kind with the fans.
I support Olympique Lyonnais – OL – and France teams (both Men and Women) and I am a member of OL ANG’ELLES the Women OL fans club and of the Rouge & Bleu OL fans club. I support also all women who play football when they do not play against my teams.
In addition to his role as a contributor, Jean-Pierre acts as editor for all the French language articles published on the site in our Impetus en Français section.
Abi Ticehurst – Contributor:
I don’t come from a long line of dedicated football fanatics so I guess that makes me far from your traditional fan. I followed Reading men from my mid-teens and tagged along to games with pals on the odd occasion. That was until the WSL season of 2018 sparked my keen interest and before I knew it I was catapulted into the world of women’s football when I decided to lace up a pair of boots and join my local team. The distinguished talent on show at the 2019 France World Cup truly cemented my affections for women’s football and as they say, the rest is history.
I now live and breathe the beautiful game, playing Sunday League football, avidly supporting Reading Women, managing a dedicated women’s football Twitter account and writing regular content about the grassroots game in Berkshire.
Paige Walder – Graphic Design & Artwork:
I’m a 27 year old graphics designer from Brighton and I am currently working on a season long partnership with Chelsea and England star Fran Kirby. I create logos, promotion work and sports graphics. Having played football myself since I was 12 years-old, it has always been a deep passion of mine. Four years ago, I met my girlfriend who plays professional football around the world. This is what made me realise that the women’s game needs more creative marketing and that’s where I came onto the graphics design scene!
Kieran Yap – Contributor:
I’ve been a football fanatic since being obsessed by Roberto Baggio and Ronaldo as a child in the 90’s. At the 2000 Olympics I was lucky enough to watch the legendary Mia Hamm play live. Since then I’ve seen some players of similar calibre play in Australia with A-League Women sides. I’m a lucky husband and doting cat-dad who dreams of writing a movie about the life of Hayley Raso and will take a sickie to watch the Matildas.
Daniel is based in Lund, Sweden and runs a social media account which provides regular news, reviews and transfer speculation from Swedish women’s football. He joins the Impetus team to keep us up to date with all the goings on in the Damallsvenskan, Elitettan and Swedish international football.