The Mariners Trust is very proud to support International Women’s Day on 8 March.
International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women.
The Trust has long campaigned for supporters regardless of gender and we are delighted to see more and more female supporters attending Grimsby Town matches up and down the country.
The Trust’s work has also been supported by the town’s MP, Melanie Onn.
Within the last year we’ve also seen a rise in the number of women joining the Trust and this has been reflected with three female supporters now having senior roles within the Trust itself.
Sharon Dobbs does a fantastic job in running our successful bars, Kristine Green took on the role of Supporter Liaison Officer (SLO) at the start of the season and Hannah Dawson is now Secretary.
Hannah said: “I think it’s really important that women are recognised as equals when it comes to supporting football. I’ve supported the Mariners since birth and experienced both positive and negative reactions towards me being a football fan.
“My proudest moment was joining the Mariners Trust Board and becoming Secretary, as my ambition was always to be as involved with my football club as possible. Throughout my life I have met some amazing females who support GTFC, and on the whole I feel that we have been thoroughly accepted and integrated into the fan base.
“I will continue to work hard with Kristine to ensure female fans’ voices get heard, and hope that more females will join the Mariners Trust in the years to come.”
Kristine added: “I will always sing from the roof tops about the strong and knowledgeable female support that GTFC have, having done so nationally with Radio 4’s Women’s Hour and representing ‘internationally’ for German magazine 11Freunde. I hope we can use that to encourage more females to BP!”
Melanie Onn said: “I am delighted the Mariners Trust is supporting International Women’s Day and encouraging more women to watch and support Grimsby Town. It’s admirable they now have several female supporters in senior positions on their board and I would encourage supporters from all backgrounds and of all ages to support their local community in such a positive manner.”
GTFC supporter Jan Hughes has also encouraged women of all ages to support their local team.
She added: “I grew up following Grimsby Town Football Club, attending home games from when I was 7 years old with my Auntie, Uncle and Cousin. My Uncle Harry made me a box to stand on in the original wooden Barrett’s Stand. I continued to follow my team and still look forward to Saturday afternoons on the terraces.
“I would encourage any female to support a football team because watching football and supporting your local club is fun, exciting and a huge part of my life. I have met some wonderful friends and visited parts of the country and football grounds I did not know exist over recent years. Also, it is a great way to spend a family day at the weekend.”
You can find out more about International Women’s Day at https://www.internationalwomensday.com/