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11 October 2012

Club proud of its employment policy

Huddersfield Town’s players and technical staff are rightly taking the plaudits for the Club’s excellent start to its first npower Championship campaign – but it’s important to remember that there are jobs in football away from the pitch too!

The Club employs around 80 ‘non-football’ staff on a full and part time basis, with jobs ranging from selling corporate hospitality on a match day to running the bar at Canalside Sports Complex.

One of the longest serving members of staff at Huddersfield Town is among a number of women in Boardrooms across professional football – the Club’s Operations Director Ann Hough. Now a fulcrum in the decision-making process at the highest level, her journey to employment at the Club shows the variety of ways people get into football.

“Huddersfield Town has become a big part of my life – both work and social, as I’ve made some very good friends here,” Ann told

“However, when I was younger I always wanted to go into the Police force! Unfortunately they stopped recruiting in West Yorkshire because of funding for two years and I ended up working for Pricewaterhouse in Leeds. 

“I knew that the Stadium was being built in Huddersfield back in 1993, so I wrote a general letter suggesting I’d be a superb appointment as a PA. I didn’t get a response initially, but then I got a letter out of the blue asking if I’d be interested in becoming PA to the Club Secretary.

“I’d never been to a football match in my life, but football was always a big part of my father’s life and he really encouraged me. After two interviews I got offered the job!”

Huddersfield Town has always been proud of its equality in terms of employment and back in 1993 Ann walked into an equally split male and female workforce. However, the traditions of football did present some interesting stumbling blocks for Ann as she began to climb the ladder.

“When I first joined and started going to matches, a lot of the older grounds had ‘Ladies Rooms’ as well as Boardrooms. When I became Assistant Club Secretary in 1994 it was the case and even in 1999 when I became Club Secretary there were some clubs where I couldn’t go in the Boardroom. 

“Even at Huddersfield Town we had a ‘Gentleman’s Sporting Club’ Dinner and when I was invited to the dinner as Secretary, I was the only female there. Again, I wasn’t allowed into a certain room at the venue – but luckily the people came out to me!

“That’s becoming less and less common now though.”

One of Ann’s primary roles at the Club today involved recruitment and employment and she explained that Huddersfield Town fully embraces the important ‘One Game, One Community’ message being promoted by ‘Kick It Out’ throughout October.  

“Sue Beaumont (Town’s Ticket Office Manager) had been here for about six weeks when I joined and there were a good number of women working at the Club, although the workforce was comparatively very small. 

“Today it is the same with the likes of Sue, Tracy Nelson, Karen Haigh, Robyn Deegan and Karen Crosland heading up important departments at the Club. We’re very proud of our employment policies at Huddersfield Town; we focus on getting the right person for the job, with no discrimination whatsoever. I think it’s proven to be a good place to work too, because our employees tend to stay with the Club for a long time – so we must be doing something right!”

Do you want to work at Huddersfield Town? Check out our vacancies page by clicking HERE

‘Kick It Out’ also runs a Mentoring and Leadership project to help people get involved in football – click HERE for more info!

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