Rebecca Steele joins FCK as women's football chief
F.C. Copenhagen have hired Rebecca Steele as the club's new project manager for women's football.
Rebecca arrived at the club from her position as Head of Change Management at the Danish FA (DBU), where she has worked on strategy and development. She will begin work at FCK from 1 March 2023.
The club announced back in November during our "We are Copenhagen" strategy our desire to establish a women's football team by 2027.
Rebecca will manage the project. In addition to her role at the DBU, she has also been part of the board of HB Køge and has been an active football player herself.
Lauesen: Strong professionalism and great drive
"We have had many strong candidates for the role, but Rebecca stood out with her strong professionalism, combined with extensive experience in the football industry and its environment," says Jacob Lauesen, director of F.C. Copenhagen.
"She has a great drive to make women's football at FCK both competitive and sustainable. We are very happy to have her on board.
"The interest in women's football is enormous, and we already have many interesting partners who have signed up for the venture. Rebecca will now take over the management of the project and take it in the right direction, so that we create the best possible model both commercially and sportingly for women's football in Copenhagen."
Rebecca: A hugely interesting project
As for Rebecca, the role of project manager for building such an ambitious women's football project is an exciting new challenge.
"F.C. Copenhagen's entry could be a game changer for women's football in Denmark," says Rebecca.
"That's why it's a really interesting process to be a part of and help start up, so that the direction, foundation and construction will be right to build on in the future."
"I am very much looking forward to being a driving force for the project, together with the talented people who are already at the club."
Sune Smith-Nielsen: A rare combination of skills
Rebecca's appointment is the first step in the establishment of F.C. Copenhagen's women's football project. And development director Sune Smith-Nielsen can't wait to get started.
"It has been crucial for us to get a project manager who has strong organisational skills and insight into both the sporting and commercial aspects of the club," says Sune.
"That's a rare combination, but we've found it in Rebecca.
"She will now be the prime mover in creating the right structure, so we can create a women's football project that both commercially and from a sporting perspective reaches the level an FCK project should meet.
"It will take the time that it takes, but it is more important for us to do it right than to do it quickly."
Everyone at F.C. Copenhagen welcomes Rebecca to the club.