Derby County Ladies Football Club

GB Boxer Sandy Ryan Becomes First Ewe Rams Honourary President

Derby County Ladies are pleased to announce that the rising local boxing star Sandy Ryan will take up the role of Honorary President with the club with immediate effect.

The Alvaston born boxer is making a name for herself in the women’s amateur boxing world with her eye firmly fixed upon winning gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and the lifelong Derby County supporter jumped at the opportunity to take up the role with the Ladies arm of the club and help to inspire future girls sport stars in conjunction with the Ewe Rams.

Ryan said “I’m honoured to have been asked to take up this role with the club and really happy that I can hopefully become a role model for young girls wanting to get into sport. It’s important that we encourage more girls to play sport and when I was a youngster, it gave me a boost to follow those looking to achieve their goals in sport.

“I’ve always been into football and used to play for St George’s in both defence and midfield and loved playing the game.  Unfortunately I couldn’t do both sports and Boxing was the path I chose and hopefully it will pay off in the long run.

“Becoming involved with the club is fantastic and whilst I can’t play anymore and miss playing, this is the next best thing. I’ve loved being involved these past few months and the club has lots of youngsters that I’m looking forward to meeting. Hopefully myself and the rest of the Derby County Ladies team can inspire more and more girls to take up sport.

“My aim is to get to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 and I’m doing everything I can to get myself ready for the GB trials in October and the hard work is already starting now. Hopefully I can pick up a gold medal and then come back, turn professional and look to win titles, so it’s an exciting time both in and out of the ring for me at the moment.”

The club have stated a clear intent to drive forward their own internal ‘one club’ philosophy and Chief Executive of Derby County Ladies Duncan Gibb believes the next logical step in that journey was to get a local female sporting star on board and felt Sandy was the perfect fit, having the drive and determination to make an impression on the clubs younger players.

Gibb said “We’ve been closely following Sandy’s progress for a number of years and have long felt that we needed to bring in somebody to help complement our newly appointed Club Ambassadors in former players, Emily Jeffery and Lorna Abbey, in order to provide our youngsters with tangible local role models.”

“We first really got to know Sandy through our game at Pride Park back in September and being mindful of our intent in this area of the clubs delivery, we quickly came up with the idea of potentially appointing Sandy to the role of Honorary President. Having posed the question, we were delighted that the future Olympic Champion didn’t hesitate to say yes to being involved with us in a formal capacity.”.

“A lot of what we try and do at the Ewe Rams is mirroring what the main club do and they have appointed some fantastic Ambassadors at Derby County who have the black and white running through their veins. We’ve been very lucky that those ambassadors are supporting the whole club and for us to have people like Michael Johnson backing what we do, can only help to cement the wider One Club approach that we have with the main club.”

The role of Honorary President can take on many guises and both the Club and Sandy are looking forward to a working partnership inspiring girls to take up sport, whether that is following in the footsteps of Sandy and becoming the next GB star or becoming part of a team like that of the Derby County Ladies stars.

The importance of role models is not lost on Derby County Club Ambassador Michael Johnson, who spoke to the Ewe Rams about what they can do for the club and why having Sandy involved with the club can help women’s sport to grow and put Derby and it’s football teams on the map. 

Johnson Said “An Ambassador can help in a number of ways through the platform of the club, whether that is the work they do in the community, going into schools, working with the community trust or just raising the profile of the club and spreading the word of what the club are trying to do and doing a lot of the media work to help for the greater good.

“Having Sandy on board for what she has done in the local community and putting Derby on the map is tremendous in itself and to have someone of Sandy’s ilk involved where she can hopefully wear the motif on her boxing shirts to help promote the women’s game and Derby County Ladies is fantastic.

“I’ve been really impressed with the club and the women’s game is really starting to take off and is now driving off its own merit and I am pleased that we have recognised that at Derby and from where it was two years ago, it’s chalk and cheese and shows what we are wanting to achieve as a club with the Ladies firmly involved now too.”

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Sandy’s first event as Ambassador for the club will come in our upcoming Schools Festival in March where she will be on hand to help inspire hundreds of primary school age children to enjoy playing the game. If your school is interested in coming to our Schools Festival, drop Club Secretary Sheila Rollinson an email on secretary@derbycountyladies.co.uk