Bishop Auckland Football Club would like to welcome a new addition to the board of directors in Catherine Pearson.
Born-and-bred in Bishop Auckland, Catherine is married with one child, a 16-year-old son who is also involved in football as a junior referee and it is through him she became involved in the junior scene.
“When my son was five I became involved in junior football, where I have been Secretary at Bishop Auckland St Mary’s JFC for the last 11 years,” began Catherine.
“I took over as Club Secretary in 2011 and I am still in that post today.
“It’s no mean feat either, 300 players, 60 plus volunteers, and 23 teams from ages three to adult.
“I ensure they all play in a safe and enjoyable environment and have taken great pleasure seeing the teams grow, players flourish and become successful.”
Having represented the area as a successful junior swimmer, representing her club at national level and being a county champion, Catherine welcomes competitiveness and the challenges brought forth.
In fact over the past eight years, alongside club officials, volunteers, parents and players, she has been a proud part of a set-up that has achieved the following –
Durham Dales Junior Sports Club of the Year 2014 and 2017.
Durham County Junior Sports club of the Year 2014.
Northern Echo Local Hero’s finalist as Junior Sports Club 2014.
Whilst also, just this year, being awarded the title of ‘Teesside Junior Football Alliance Unsung Hero of the Year’ for her continued contribution to both the club and the community as a whole.
In joining the main Bishop Auckland set-up, Catherine has been with us for some time adding: “I was invited along to help current Chairman, Steve Coulthard, on match days where I look after the finances.
“Working alongside Steve I help support mascots from St Mary’s to walk out with, and meet the current players; I also introduced the first ‘Play on the Pitch’ tournaments held at Heritage Park earlier this year.
“This was a huge success, and brought the wider community into Bishop Auckland and to Heritage Park.
“I have recently worked alongside club sponsor Motif8 to source the current home match day kit along with arranging training bundles for all players.
“The kit is also something I look after and launder for each game and I am also in the process of taking over the Health and Safety and Risk Assessments along with the member spreadsheets.”
In welcoming Catherine to the BAFC Board, current chairman, Steve Coulthard, said of the appointment: “I am really looking forward to having Catherine on the board of directors and helping this club move forward.
“Catherine has a wealth of experience working in grassroots football and can open the club up to more community use with her new, and welcome, ideas.
“We needed, and still need, more people on the board to help move this club forward and I’m hoping Catherine is just a start of the new faces to come forward and help run the club in these vital, voluntary roles.”
Closing, Catherine added: “I am ‘up’ for any challenge and I am keen to support the other Directors in continuing to showcase Bishop Auckland FC in the manner in which it is used to.”