“We’re very fortunate to have someone with her passion and drive, not only for football, but in wanting to provide greater opportunities for women and girls across Oceania,” said OFC Technical Director Patrick Jacquemet at the time of her appointment, neatly encapsulating Evans’ attributes.
In a short space of time, the growth has been tangible. When Evans commenced work, there were only four women’s development officers and no-one recently in the OFC development role.
Now there are 11 officers across nine of the 11 associations, with Samoa and Tonga boasting two each. More than that, there is an engaged troupe of motivated personnel under her tutelage.
“Women’s football wasn’t necessarily a priority within OFC or within the member associations when I started,” said Evans, who is currently assisting with the outline of OFC’s upcoming women’s football strategy.