Former England international Claire Rafferty joins board at pioneering Lewes FC

Claire Rafferty retired in the summer after 16 years playing at the top level (PA Images)
14:46pm, Mon 09 Dec 2019
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Former England footballer Claire Rafferty has joined Lewes FC as a non-executive director.

The 30-year-old announced her retirement in the summer following spells at Millwall, Chelsea and West Ham, as well as 18 appearances for the Lionesses.

And now she will link up with the south coast outfit in an attempt to provide the club with her 'vision and ambition' as well as 'football business acumen'.

Speaking about the move, Rafferty said: “I’m incredibly honoured and excited to be joining the board of a team that is leading by example."

Rafferty studied economics at Loughborough University, graduating in 2011, and worked as a part-time analyst for Deutsche Bank during her playing career.

"Not only is Lewes the first club in the world to allocate resources equally by gender but it is also 100 per cent owned by the community. 

"I hope the experiences I have acquired on and off the pitch can add a diverse voice and help Lewes continue on their journey.”

Back in September, NewsChain published an exclusive interview with Lewes general manager Maggie Murphy on how the club is paving the way for gender equality in football.