Round 10 of the National Rugby League is Women in League round, so we decided to give Raiders members and fans an insight into the working lives of the women who make Raiders HQ tick.
Including the clubs coaching staff, around 32% of the staff at Raiders HQ is female. The Raiders employee a vast array of women across the business, including the Executive Officer of the Canberra Region Rugby League, the clubs Sponsorship Manager and Membership Manager.
On top of the staff working day in and day out at Raiders HQ the club also has a number of female staff members in the clubs accounts department, including Raiders Group Chief Financial Officer Yvonne Gillett, who was recently appointed as the Raiders first female Director on the clubs board.
The Raiders also employee several part time female employees, such as massage therapists, game day and event staff and the clubs nutritionist.
We asked some of our women in league why they enjoyed working for the Raiders and the best part about working in rugby league.
Karen Ebsworth – Canberra Region Rugby League Executive Officer
“The best part about my job is the wide variety of tasks I get to undertake each season in order to ensure the local competition continues to grow and become more prominent each season.
“We have a wonderful rugby league community in Canberra at grass roots level and the people involved in local rugby league should be proud of the quality of competition we continue to deliver at a senior and junior level in the region.”
Kate Gallegos – Sponsorship Manager
“What I love about working for the Canberra Raiders is that no day is the same and working for the Raiders can be challenging, but it’s also very rewarding. It’s a terrific workplace.
“I have been with the Raiders for six and a half years managing our corporate program and what I enjoy most about the role is working closely with our corporate partners to deliver their partnership benefits and develop strong relationships between them and the Club.”
Jessica Hintz – Reception
“I love the passion and culture that is rugby league. Canberra’s a one team town which means our fans are very dedicated and passionate. They go through the ups and downs, braving the cold week in week out, in support of our Club.”
“I enjoy working with various departments to gain a broader understanding and appreciation of the way the club is run and a great sense of support, pride and belonging”
Laura Smith – Game Day & Events Coordinator
“Everyone who works at Raiders HQ is mutually passionate about Rugby League and the Raiders. There’s certainly never a dull moment at Raiders HQ and although you work hard and it can be stressful at times, it’s exciting to be part of the action.
“Being born and raised in Canberra, I have grown up supporting the Raiders and to be a part of it is something I’m very proud of.”
Rebecca Mitchell – Membership Manager
“Working in sport is both challenging and exciting, and working at the Raiders is no exception. I like that we work as a team, always striving to improve on everything we do, including improving the value for our members.”
Sharna McLean – Membership Assistant
“I love working in Rugby League because of the sense of unity it creates between a club, its players and the community. Working within the Membership Department I witness firsthand the passion and heart members hold for the club and the game.”
Charlotte Anneveld – Community Relations Manager
“Through the Raiders I have a job I love, and I feel like I never have to work a day in my life. We have a fantastic group of people that work at the Raiders who continue to strive for excellence and are always working together to support one another.”
“Working in the clubs community department is very rewarding, as you get to see the smiles on the people’s faces that the players provide when they help out a charity or make a school visit.”