Ashington AFC is pleased to announce a new addition to our management team, aimed at providing more support for our dedicated volunteers. Nicola Sanders-Cooper will be joining Ashington FC’s expanding board, bringing her expertise to drive the club forward into its next strategic phase as we near the conclusion of our first season in the Northern Premier League East.

Nicola brings a wealth of experience, currently holding director-level positions in key local businesses, and boasting a background in sports, including her role as Women’s Sports Development Officer at Gateshead Council. She has facilitated businesses in securing funding through government-backed schemes and brings a diverse approach, with additional experience in the hospitality sector.

When asked about her involvement with Ashington FC, Nicola expressed “This appointment represents a great opportunity for me to give back to the community and contribute to the growth and sustainability of the club. I believe football has the power to bring people together, inspire, and create a sense of belonging. I am excited to work alongside dedicated individuals who share a common vision and I look forward to the journey ahead.”

Drew Tinsley, a fellow board member, commented, “I’ve known Nicola for many years and have witnessed her passion for sports and community involvement, particularly in something we hold dear at the club – charity. Nicola is already bringing in new ideas to push us forward and we are honoured to have her on board.”

Chairman Brian Shotton also remarked, “If, like Nicola, you believe you can offer your skills or profession to the club, we warmly welcome your support, especially in areas such as commercial sales and marketing, which are crucial for the club’s revenue growth and survival in this competitive football landscape. Please reach out to if you would like to join us on our journey.”