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Sunday, November 28, 2021

Interview with Joelah Noble Women’s Euro 2022

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The Euro 2022 women’s tournament will take place in July next year and will become the most important match in European history. So why don’t people talk about it? Women’s soccer is a sport that is often overlooked, underestimated and underfunded, but that is finally about to change. Host Joelah Noble has been working with the whiskey brand Chivas Regal as part of their Regal FC tournament, which aims to highlight those who break the rules and redefine what football means to them. We caught up with Noble to discuss her career as a presenter, playing soccer with Headie One, and what still needs to change to make the sport accessible to women.

POPSUGAR: Tell us a little about how you got started with the presentation.
Joelah Noble: I’ve always been very nosy and talkative, and I’ve always enjoyed meeting new people. Initially, I really wanted to pursue acting, and it is still something that I really love and still do, but at the time I felt that presenting was something that came naturally to me. With acting, you need to do all the classes and you have to do that extra work, and as a perfectionist, I didn’t want to do it without it being perfect. However, I have learned along the way that presentation is not easy either. He was in a job that he absolutely hated and was a personal assistant to someone, someone really nice, but he hated the real job. He just needed an excuse to get out of that job and say he was doing something else. At that time, presenting what is the easiest thing for me to do on my own.

PS: Was there a time when things changed for you and you knew that the presentation was the way to go?
JN: There are a couple of things that I would say changed the direction I was going. The first thing was definitely an online magazine that I created. That was my excuse to quit my job, because I said [to myself], “I’m an entrepreneur and I’m creating this online magazine, and it’s going to be great.” In truth, he was a pirate. It looked horrible, but it was my chance to interview people and really work on my skills. That was the first thing that allowed me to go out and learn the skill of presenting and being more confident in front of a camera. The other thing that really took me to a different level at the time was when I did the daily GRM news. I did that every week for a couple of years, and I think being on such a big platform and having people see me weekly talking about things that really matter to me during that time was a great opportunity.

“Whenever I have the opportunity to play or support other players, I will definitely be there to do it.

PS: That must have been amazing. You mentioned working on music and performance, but was sport something you always wanted to get involved in?
JN: Sport was never really something that I looked at and said, “Yeah that’s me, I see myself talking about sports,” but now that I’m doing it, I don’t know why I’ve never considered it before. I am so competitive. It’s like a running joke in my family. We are all so competitive. I’ve definitely knocked over Monopoly boards, Scrabble boards, chess boards, all of that. I love the sports community and I admire what it takes to be an athlete. I’m so intrigued by that so it’s actually great to be able to talk to soccer players as part of my job.

PS: Definitely. Now, she is working with Chivas Regal ahead of the 2022 Women’s Euro Cup next year. What can you tell us about that?
JN: We played a tournament, and that whole experience was a lot of fun, having the opportunity to be with other like-minded people from different backgrounds, being able to come together and have a community experience. Elz the witch It was there and I love it. Enrique was one of the hosts of the day, too, with Poet, Vuj and Young Philly. It felt like a day off, like when you’re at school and you go on a school trip or you’re excited about it, that’s really what it feels like.

PS: That sounds like a lot of fun. How was it playing with Headie one?
JN: In fact, we play against each other. I say that I am competitive, but that does not mean that I am good at football. I really am pretty bad. Our team came out in the first match, but we tried really hard, and you know what? It was close. It was very close. I will say that. However, the play was very entertaining. Headie really does. Perhaps in a past life, he was a footballer. . .

PS: Women’s Euro 2022 takes place next year. How important is it to you to specifically defend women’s football?
JN: As a woman in soccer, it is very important. I see the difference in visibility between women’s and men’s football, and I’d like to try to level that playing field a bit or play my role to the best of my ability. Whenever I have the opportunity to play or support other footballers, I will definitely be there to do it.

PS: What do you think still needs to change to make the sport more accessible to women?
JN: Initiatives like this Regal FC. I think this initiative is something that will make young women scroll on their Instagram and see a group of influencers, musicians and people they admire having fun with sport. They may know not to take it too seriously. They don’t have to compete in Euros, or they can compete in Euros if they want to! Visibility is so important just so that young women can see themselves represented on the teams they are watching.

PS: Definitely. Sports and music are often male-dominated industries. What helped you feel more comfortable and more powerful in those spaces during your career?
JN: I don’t feel like, “Oh my gosh, I’m the only woman here.” I mean, there may be a couple of times when a guy walks in and says, “Hello, gentlemen,” or, “Hello, guys and ma’am.” I just make sure to get in and do my job. I make sure to do the research that I need to do beforehand. Because if I have done my research, I feel safe and it shows. This is really how I stay. I’m confident and authentic about it, because I’m there for a reason.

PS: What advice do you have for young women who don’t feel like sports, and soccer in particular, are they for them?
JN: First, I would ask, “Have you tried it?” Because if you haven’t, why not? If soccer is not what you are looking for, then you can try other sports. I know the idea of ​​being sweaty and smelly is sometimes not cute, but sports and soccer are much more than just being sweaty. It’s about that community, having those experiences and being part of a family. It also feels what it feels like to participate in something great and potentially even win.

Image source: Ross Cooke

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