Lancashire FA Appoints First Female Board Member

(Pictured L-R: Chief Executive Roger De Nobrega, Arshia Hashmi and Chairman of the Board Roger Haydock)

Arshia Hashmi has made history as she becomes the first female to be appointed as a full board member of the Lancashire Football Association.

"It is a proud moment in the 139 years of the Association," said Chairman Roger Haydock. "What we want to stress is that Arshia brings a range of skills and experience that will be invaluable to the board.

"The board is delighted to have made this appointment and we look forward to working with Arshia to help the Lancashire Football Association drive progress and make football enjoyable for all in the County."

Arshia is a qualified solicitor specialising in immigration. Simpson Millar LLP Solicitors, where she works, is one of the most respected practices in the country and actively supports and campaigns for vital human and women's rights. It is here Arshia has become an expert litigator who excels in challenging Home Office decisions. 

It was from a very young age that Arshia became enthralled with football, playing with friends and family whenever she could and watching her heroes in the England team, especially David Beckham. But after she joined the legal profession a case landed on her desk that would change her life. She represented a grassroots junior football club before the FA and its national appeals panel.

"I saw how much passion the children had for the game," said Arshia. "They simply wanted to be treated equally both on and off the pitch. The decision was made to take the case on a pro bono basis."

After the successful appeal Arshia was invited by the club to attend some training sessions and matches. In no time at all she had gained her coaching qualifications and was running and managing a youth team. However, her professional skills had not gone unnoticed in the world of football. In October 2013, Arshia became the youngest Asian female panel member for the FA’s National Anti-Discrimination Panel and a General Board of Appeal member. She has since gone on to become chair of both bodies. 

"What Arshia brings to the board is her consummate professional skills, a first hand knowledge of football from grassroots upwards, and a tremendous enthusiasm for the game," said Chief Executive, Roger De Nobrega.

"The Board and I very much look forward to working with Arshia in the future."