In the next of our series of interviews looking at inspiring women & girls' participating in football for #HereGirlsCan 2020, we speak to Helen Warwick.
Many of those involved in Herefordshire football will recognise Helen from the sidelines at grounds across the county and beyond where she volunteers as a match photographer. If you don't, chances are you will have seen some of her excellent photography on social media and in the local press. There is more to football than just playing, and speaking to Helen it is clear that there are hugely rewarding roles for those who want to do something different than take to the pitch and play.
Hi Helen, thanks for taking the time to speak to us - What was your involvement in football before you started photographing matches?
What does it mean for you to be a female in sport?
Why do you like giving up your time to volunteer in football?
What are your ambitions or goals for volunteering in football?
My ambition is to be able to take my passion and love for photography as a hobby and turn it in to something I do for a living, however that is a work in progress. As for goals in football I will be sticking with Hereford FC for the foreseeable future, but with the Women’s Euro’s 2021 being held in this country I will applying for media accreditation for some of the matches. I would also like to attend more WSL matches, especially Chelsea FC Women as I am a Chelsea fan at heart.
Do you have a favourite photo you have taken?
Many people have asked if I have a favourite photo. The answer I always give is I have many favourites over a range of different teams not just those that are Hereford based. I have to say photos that I always like are of players jumping for the ball, or when I catch them in tackles with their feet are off the ground so they look like there flying.
What tips would you give to someone just starting out or thinking about taking up football photography?
There are countless volunteer roles within football across Herefordshire and local clubs are always grateful for new volunteers! If you are looking to support your local community, add to your CV or for a fun and rewarding way to be involved in football then volunteering is definitely something to consider. From photography, to working behind a bar or helping mark the pitches - there really is a role for everyone. For help and guidance on finding a voluntary role at a club near you please contact:
phone: 01432 342179
See more of Helen's fantastic photos here
Thanks to Helen Warwick for taking the time to speak to us about volunteering in football