We officially announced that Jen Beattie is here to stay in north London on Tuesday morning - but this isn’t your typical contract extension.
In addition to her playing duties, our No 5 will now take up a specialised mentoring role within our academy, where she’ll be tasked with guiding the next generation of talent looking to become the next Leah Williamson or Lotte Wubben-Moy!
“The academy ambassador role is probably one I'm most excited about because it's definitely something that the club has missed in recent years,” Beattie told Arsenal.com.
“My current role in the team is definitely changing. I think you become the more experienced role and the older you get, the more experience you have, the more you can kind of chat to younger players and help them along that process, and that's something that my contract is kind of changing for next year with a new ambassador role.
“I’m really looking forward to it. It's definitely a new challenge for me and I have to give the club a lot of credit for that as well, for bridging the gap and making that seamless transition for Academy players coming into a first team environment. And if I can help that process in any way that I'm excited to do that.
“I think I always wanted to have that initial chat with the club and the fact that they were so encouraging with it and we kind of created roles that didn't necessarily exist yet, but I think the older I get, the more I wanted to think about life beyond football and what I wanted to progress in. I think building for the future for that transition of academy players, coming into a first team environment, I think it's something that I think I can play a big role in and really look forward to that.”
But Jen’s plans for the future aren’t done there. She will also contribute her expertise to our commercial and partnerships teams on an ongoing basis throughout the 2022/23 season.
“From a more commercial standpoint, my degree was obviously in business and marketing when I was a kid, so to work with more sort of brand partnerships and endorsements for Arsenal Women is something that I'm really excited about to work within that as well.
“Obviously, we know that how many brand partnerships the club has on a much more global scale, but to really pinpoint them down towards Arsenal Women, I think women's football is in such a different stage to men that you can really pinpoint specific brands and partnerships to cater towards women's football or grow it as a club and as a sport, and that's something that I can't wait to focus on definitely next year.”
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