Rose is a First for Cornwall


We are proud to announce the election of the first female representative on Cornwall FA’s governing Council in its 124 year history. Redruth-based Rose Pannell-Hitchens joins the Cornwall FA Council as the Women’s Leagues representative.

Rose started playing football at Truro College, followed by spells at Penzance  and Marjon’s. She is now  the player/manager  for Bodmin Town Ladies FC and  works at Tremough Campus Penryn for the Falmouth and Exeter Students Union, co-ordinating sports activities.

Rose said, “I feel hugely excited about joining the Council. It’s a positive step for the women’s game in Cornwall.  I hope I can represent the Cornwall Women’s League and allow a clear path of communication from the Women’s League to their Governing Council and back again. Personally, I believe it is very important for the Council to consist of a broad demographic of members in order for it to be effective. To have opportunities for the leagues to be represented in the Council is bound to produce great results as the stakeholders are being truly represented! It is really going to enhance discussions about how football moves forward in the future in Cornwall for the benefits of the players, volunteers, followers and supporters. In terms of the women’s game, now I hope female footballers can feel they are truly represented on the Cornwall FA Council, and when it comes to discussions about the female game, the fact I am a woman who plays football and is actually experiencing it first hand week in week out will be appreciated and valued.”

Rose’s election is part of the changes to Cornwall FA’s constitution which now gives leagues seats on the Council. Leagues represented are SW Peninsula ( John Mead) East Cornwall Premier (Seb Marriott) Cornwall Combination ( Lester Thomas)  Trelawny (Steve Carpenter)   Duchy (Paul Collings)  Cornwall Sunday, West Cornwall Sunday, East Cornwall Youth (Mark Woolcock)  and  Kernow Youth (Kevin Knowles). Existing Council members are not affected, but are now known as West or East Area Individual Representatives. Elections for these 8 positions will be held as current members retire.
Cornwall FA Chairman Geoff Lee said, “I am especially delighted that we now have a woman on the Council. I am pleased Rose has highlighted the benefits to everyone involved in the game of direct representation of leagues. It means those people will be at the forefront of decision-making in Cornwall in a way not seen before. I am looking forward very much to working with Rose and the other new league representatives too.”

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