After announcing she wouldn’t be standing again as President for 2020, we caught up with Megan O’Malley about her time as President and what the future my hold for OUAFC and herself.
“I’m proud of a lot of things from my time as President but a big one would be the growth of our club. When I first joined the club we only had 2 women’s teams and 4 men’s teams but over the past 6 years we’ve steadily grown to now having 4 women’s teams and 7 men’s teams. I think this has really helped grow the profile of our club in the Football South community and had a lot of other positive impacts.
I have learnt a lot during my time as President but most broadly it’s taught me a lot of valuable life skills. Although it was a volunteer role, a lot of the skills required are ones that can be easily transferred to the work force such as time management, working with people and managing a healthy work/life balance. I think these are all things that you can only learn through experience and I’m lucky enough to have been given this role to do that through.
Looking to the future, I think OUAFC has really made some great strides in the past couple of years to be seen as a more professional club in the eyes of the wider football community. I’d like the club to maintain that presence but also not loose sight of the social aspect that has always made OUAFC so unique and special. I think that with Fraser as President next year the club is in good hands to make sure that doesn’t happen.
For me next year I want to get back to focusing on and enjoying playing football again. Being President has been great but it meant that I started to associate football with work and probably wasn’t enjoying it as much as I used to. I’m looking forward to not having that responsibility anymore and being able to put more energy into my own team and myself as a player.
Finally I’d just like to thank everyone who’s been on the committee with me over the last couple of years. The club has made so many great achievements that people have been kind enough to praise me for but in reality none of it would have been possible without all of the committee members doing their jobs behind the scenes.”
For 2020, Megan stays on the Club Executive as Treasurer and will again be a key member of our Women’s Premier League team.