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“With all this experience, I have something to give back to the game”: Former Brighton player Victoria Williams on joining the PFA

Victoria Williams, Brighton

Former professional player Victoria Williams has joined the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) as a Player Services Executive for women’s football. In her role, she will help female members engage with the PFA’s support services and ensure that player voices are represented throughout the development of the women’s professional game. 

Williams retired from playing in May 2023 after a long and successful career in the women’s game. A Yorkshire local, she started out as a youth player with Doncaster Rover Belles, a club she would return to in 2009 and 2013 for spells as a senior. 

She also spent time with Chelsea and Sunderland before ending her playing career at Brighton and Hove Albion after five years, a club she proudly captained on a number of occasions.

She now joins the PFA’s player services department, overseeing the union’s engagement with WSL clubs and liaising with players around the union’s various initiatives and support networks. 

“When it came to the end of my playing career, I just thought ‘with all these experiences, I have something to give back to the game.’” Williams said. 

“I myself have benefited from the services that the PFA offer, and I want to amplify what the organisation can actually do.

“Sometimes people think that the PFA is only there when something is wrong. But there are so many ways that players can futureproof what they’re going to do while they’re playing in terms of education and post-career.”

Williams will work alongside Head of Women’s Football Marie-Christine Bouchier, and fellow former Brighton professional and player services executive Fern Whelan. With the women’s game facing unprecedented change, Williams will support the players services department in ensuring that member voices are heard and represented. 

Team Talk: Victoria Williams, PFA Player Services Executive

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