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 have been a huge fan of A-League Women side Perth Glory since their formation in 2008.
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.
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.
Blaise Ogutu – Contributor:
Football has been a big part of my life ever since I was a kid. I have my brother and father to thank for shaping my view of the beautiful game as well as duping me into supporting Liverpool during the barren era. I accidentally stumbled across women’s football on a random Tuesday night during the Rio Olympics in August 2016 as Australia played Zimbabwe. In the following weeks and months, I found myself going down a rabbit hole that I have never come out of, and gladly so. The women’s game came to me at a time when I was an awkward teen struggling to find that one thing that would make me different from other aspiring writers. Since 2021, I have become more involved in writing and follow the game closer than ever. Even if it means waking up at 2am just to catch Portland Thorns on Twitch.
Ciarán Duffy – Contributor:
Ciarán is the producer and presenter of Post to Post Sport, an Irish sport site that mainly covers football. You can follow @PostToPostSport on Twitter and Instagram, and visit PostToPost.Sport.Blog. Ciarán supports Charlton Athletic and Borussia Mönchengladbach because he is a gloryhunter. Post to Post Sport are big supporters of the Women’s National League, with a particular fondness for DLR Waves. All season Post to Post Sport are raising money for Ireland’s National Autism Charity with various challenges throughout the year. You can read about the fundraiser and how to donate here: https://posttopost.sport.blog/charity-fundraiser/
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 am also a season ticket at Chelsea Women and look forward to visiting Kingsmeadow when I can during the season.
Denyse McCulloch – Contributor:
Provider of photographs to Western Australia NPL Women’s side Fremantle City, Denyse has given us permission to use her shots of matches involving the club as part of our coverage of the competition.
Ellie Ramsauer – Contributor:
I have played football since the age of six and it has been a passion of mine ever since. Born and raised in Sussex, I am a massive Brighton and Hove Albion fan and have had a season ticket at the club since the age of nine. I played for Lewes FC for a number of years but have now gone into coaching and management. Last season I was a coach in the Lewes FC Women’s Development Pathway, however this season I have taken on a new role as Saltdean United Women’s Development Squad manager. It’s amazing to see how much the Women’s game has grown in the last 15 years and I hope that this exponential growth continues for years to come.
Emmanuel Faith – Contributor:
Based in Nigeria, and being a SDG 5 advocate (Sustainable Development Goal Five – which promotes the “adoption and strengthening sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels), which involves writing articles and speaking at various panel events, I am actively involved in empowering gender equality, and that includes in football.
Having supported Chelsea since 2005, I started watching women’s football actively in 2014 during the U20 World Cup where Nigeria reached the finals against all the odds. I later watched the Women’s World Cup in 2015 and club football in 2019. I write about women’s football because I believe that the media has a crucial role in popularising this beautiful game.
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.
Foto Enzo (Vince Caratozzolo) – 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, we have permission to use his photographs. https://www.fotoenzo.com/
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.
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.
Janelle St. Pierre (JASP Photography) – Contributor:
Provider of photographs to Western Australia NPL Women’s side Balcatta Etna, JASP Photography’s Janelle St. Pierre has given us permission to use her shots of matches involving the club as part of our coverage of the competition.
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.
Jonathan Tay – Contributor:
I’ve been passionate about football from the time I could spell Gianfranco and Hasselbaink, and have had involvement in the game in numerous avenues: as a player, supporter, sports physio, data scout, writer, and current Wednesday night social futsal tragic. Currently calling Melbourne home, I love Espressos and Expected Goals equally.
Johnathan Stack – Contributor:
Johnathan is currently a BA Sports Journalism student in the UK. A hard worker and not one to shy away from being versatile, he has done radio work and had an article published by the World Snooker Tour. He has spent the last year working with Huddersfield Town Women in the third tier of the English game, writing match previews and reports as well as producing graphics for their social media platforms. As of summer 2022, he joins Stoke City Women who play at the same level on their media team. Johnathan commentated on the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England for Switch Radio.
Jorge Cerón – 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.
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.
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.”
Martin Townley – Contributor:
I began writing about football in 2020 when after lockdown, I wanted to pursue something I loved. I began covering football within Wales and was able to attend games when fans were not permitted. My first games game involved covering The Welsh Premier Women’s League (now the Adran Premier). Over the past two seasons, I have covered games across South Wales both men’s and women’s. Women’s football appeals to me after following the Wales national team for many years. For the 2022/23 season, I will be working with Briton Ferry Llansawel as their website manager.
Nathan Edwards – Contributor:
Nathan is a Sports Journalism student based in England. He has a huge interest in rugby and tennis, but football is his main sporting love. From the international to non-league game, he keeps up to date with it and is always wanting to learn more about the sport.
Paige Walder – Graphic Design & Artwork:
I’m a graphics designer from Brighton. 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. Several 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!
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.
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.
Ryan Miller-Woods – Contributor:
I’m an Australian of both Northern Irish and Scottish descent. With Football, I’ve loved watching the game from a very young age. The overall appeal of it is that it really does bring people together from the passion it exuberates, the historic rivalries that exist between teams, the highest of highs as well as the lowest of the lows the game can provide, the drama a match can bring at a split second, the determination a player and/or team can have to come in clutch and most importantly make it count in the dying seconds of a match and so much more that I’m not even close to scratching the surface in regards to how special Football really is. Apart from my love of football, I am the host of a motorsport podcast called ‘The Next Generation (A F2 and F3 Podcast)’, since March 2021 and has an audience in Australia, the United States of America, England, Canada, Norway, New Zealand, Brazil, the Netherlands, France, and Germany. I am also massively into photography and my pictures from the match between the Matildas and the USA in November 2021 were published on the Area Sports Network website to an audience of 9,149 people.
Tom Freeman – Contributor:
Tom works for Scottish Women’s Football (SWF), the governing body for the game in the country below the top two divisions. He kindly provides Impetus with weekly match previews and reviews about the sport in these Scottish leagues.
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.
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.