Pioneering Wolverhampton-born broadcaster Jacqui Oatley MBE is today announced as the latest new ambassador for the Wolves Foundation.
Jacqui, a passionate Wolves fan who has run the emotional gauntlet of watching Wolves during her lifetime, spent her childhood living in Codsall and even now, despite travelling extensively for her work, remains “extremely proud” of her Wolverhampton roots.
As an ambassador for Wolves Foundation, she is now keen to become involved with Wolves’ official charity supporting its activities and spreading the word of the work carried out both in the local community and beyond.
“I am absolutely delighted to become an ambassador for the Wolves Foundation,” said Jacqui.
“Having been born in New Cross Hospital, I spent my entire childhood in Codsall so Wolverhampton means the world to me.
“I've travelled far and wide over the years and have always been extremely proud of my Wolverhampton roots, as anyone who’s met me can testify.
“The Wolves Foundation carries out fantastic work in educating and inspiring local people in order to improve their lives and I’m keen to help spread the word in any way I can.”
Jacqui was a keen footballer until suffering a serious knee injury which prompted a career change from working in intellectual property in London, after which she pursued many different media work experience opportunities and studied broadcast journalism in Sheffield.
Since then she has presented and reported on a huge range of sporting events, including hosting ITV Sport’s coverage of Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup, commentating on the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa for the BBC, reporting on football for BBC Five Live, Final Score and Soccer Saturday, presenting at high-profile darts events on ITV, and as a studio pundit for the Premier League for TV2 in Norway.
Most recently Jacqui has presented Sunday Supplement on Sky Sports and hosts the weekly Wolves podcast, ‘The Molineux View’ with Tim Spiers for the Athletic.
The first ever female to commentate on a game for Match of the Day back in 2007, Jacqui is also an Ambassador for Women in Football, championing the role of women across the game, and was awarded an MBE in 2016 for services to broadcasting and diversity in sport.
Wolves Foundation announced two new ambassadors last year in former promotion-winning captain Karl Henry and top grime artist S-X, and then last week revealed that Jacqui’s fellow broadcaster and Wolves fan Johnny Phillips was also taking on the role.
“I’m also delighted to be joining my old friend and fellow Sky Sports broadcaster Johnny as an ambassador,” Jacqui added.
“We would never have dreamt we’d be invited to take on such a role when we were travelling round the country watching Wolves together during our university days in Leeds!”
Head of Wolves’ Foundation Will Clowes added: “We are delighted that Jacqui has agreed to become an Ambassador of the Wolves Foundation, another fantastic addition to the team.
“Jacqui is another hugely respected figure from the media world and someone who is very well known to us both from her many years of supporting the club and hosting different Wolves events.
“She has already provided some excellent ideas for events and ways she will be able to get involved with the Foundation and we are really looking forward to having her on board.”