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Norwich City's Zoe Ward and Mariela Nisotaki join inspiring Q&A on women in football held by the Canaries Trust

13 November 2020

Supporters were given a fascinating insight into the role of women in football thanks to an event organised by The Canaries Trust.

The Women in Football Q&A saw Norwich City’s business and projects director, Zoe Ward, and domestic and European lead scout, Mariela Nisotaki, join a four-person panel that also included Deborah Dilworth, the Football Supporters’ Association’s EFL network manager and women’s game lead, and Di Cunningham, Norfolk FA’s director for inclusion.

Hosted on Zoom, by Norwich City supporter, lecturer, and former editor of Four Four Two magazine, Karen Buchanan; the guests talked about their love for football from a young age and how that saw them take a career path into football.

Taking questions from supporters, the panellists touched on the importance of the Women’s World Cup in 2019, and how raising the media profile of the women’s game would be crucial in inspiring the next generation of young footballers. They also talked about diversity and inclusion at Norwich City, the Norfolk FA and the country as a whole; how it was positive that none of them had experienced any sexist or misogynistic remarks during their careers, as well as talking more generally on the coronavirus pandemic and the challenges that had created with around football and mental health.

Speaking about the event, Canaries Trust vice chair, Mandie Thorpe, said: “It was such an interesting evening and wonderful to listen to the four guests and hear about their routes into football.

“It was nice to hear Zoe (Ward) and Mariela (Nisotaki) talk so passionately about the roles at the football club and to hear about the great work that Norwich City does in terms of inclusion and diversity among its staff and with the women’s team, who are now very much part of the NCFC family.

“I thought both Debs (Dilworth) and Di (Cunningham) gave some very interesting insights on how things could improve within football generally and the importance of women in sport being role models for the next generation.

“The Canaries Trust would like to thank all four of the panellists and host Karen (Buchanan) for taking part in the event.”

The Canaries Trust is the 12th largest shareholder at Norwich City and committed to giving supporters a stronger voice on important matters to do with NCFC. You can find out more about the organisation by visiting

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