An inspiration at Wasps on International Women’s Day
Jo Field believes the representation of women in the Aviva Premiership Rugby is one of the best in professional sport.
Field is the team manager at Wasps, responsible for getting the players and staff to where they need to be on a daily basis, whether that is on or off the field.
On International Women’s Day, in which women are celebrated for their roles in society, Field praised the level of female participation in rugby. She is one of five inspirational women of Premiership Rugby spotlighted today.
“There’s been a pretty good representation of women here since I started,” she said.
“In the rugby department we’ve got female physios, masseuses, females in the communications team and rugby operations.
“It’s great to see women’s rugby getting more recognition now as well as more female officials on match days.
“There’s always been a strong representation within Aviva Premiership Rugby.”
As part of her role, Field is responsible for anything from scheduling, operational logistics, and travel bookings, and says the environment at Wasps has helped her thrive. She is one of three female Team Managers amongst the Premiership Rugby teams with Teresa Carrington at Leicester Tigers and Sophie Bennett at Bath Rugby.
“The less distraction the players have off the field the more productive they can be with their time on the field,” she says.
“It’s a good environment, everyone is willing to help each other out and support each other.
“It’s certainly not like a normal nine to five job, but everyone is willing to go that extra mile for each other and that’s what really makes a difference.”
Field has herself already been celebrated, winning Wasps’ ‘Person of the Season’ award for all that she does for the club, including taking some of the weight off director of rugby Dai Young’s shoulders.
“She’s huge for the rugby department,” said Young. “Not only for the players, who take a bit of sorting out we all know that, but for the staff.
“We really do appreciate everything that Jo does for us.”
Wasps Head of Recruitment Kevin Harman added: “Jo’s been brilliant, she’s taken a lot of pressure off myself and Dai.
“The boys love her and actually the other week they helped her move house.”