Last month, we supported Armin’s Movember Challenge and the fundraising he organised with the community football team he established. This month, we feature Grace Sloan – a Trainee Solicitor in the Corporate and Commercial department. Grace has worked at Manchester United on match days since she was 16.
The Manchester Women’s Derby between United and City takes place on 11 December 2022 and is almost sold out. Grace reflects on how football has shaped her life which has not only helped her pursue a career in law but she has also watched the growth and development of the women’s game.
By Grace Sloan
Ever since I can remember, sport has been a huge part of my life. I grew up playing a lot of sport to a high standard and cannot remember a time in my life when it wasn’t involved. Given that my dad is hardcore ‘Red’ and my mum an avid ‘Blue’, I have always been interested in football and you can only imagine how turbulent our weekends are! They revolve around sport and always have done.
I am a proud member of Women in Football, a network which encourages female talent and aims to raise awareness in a bid to drive a change in attitudes towards women working in football, addressing the gender imbalance in the industry.
When I was 16 years old, I started working at Manchester United Football Club, waiting on tables to earn some pocket money. This gave me a taste for working in the sports industry, and after just one season I was promoted to supervisor, and then after my fourth season I was further promoted to Manager. This then led to me winning Manager of the Year for Hospitality after the 20/21 season! In 2022 I was headhunted to go over to Manchester City F.C. to look after their Hospitality boxes, meaning that I now hold managerial positions at two of the biggest clubs in the country.