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There have been a number of changes at Newcastle United in recent months, including the appointment of Mark Brooksbank as the new Head Coach.
Mark has many years of coaching and management experience working with several leading female teams including the Army Women's Representative Team, Millwall Lionesses, Crystal Palace and Sunderland. He is a UEFA B licence holder and has completed his UEFA A licence Preparatory course and he replaces Neil Baistow and Melanie Reay, who stepped down at the end of last season.
Mark said of his appointment: "I am honoured to take on the role of Head Coach at Newcastle United. It is a club that is well organised and has an off the field plan to take the club forward. It is now my task to match that ambition on the pitch.
"The first four weeks of pre-season have been fantastic. The girls have bought into my ethos and I am extremely pleased with the way they are working. There is still a lot of work to do but I am confident that if they continue to apply themselves as they have been, then good times are not too far away."
Pre-season has gone well with a number of trialists. Several players have left the club including Ruth Sutcliffe and Jane Latif who have gone to University in the USA and Rachel Furness who has moved to Sunderland. Recent signings have included Emma Bentley (Sunderland) and Jo Cartwright (Rochdale) with more players being confirmed in the next few weeks.
Mark added: "I am delighted to have got Emma's signature. She is different to what we have at the club for striking options. She has impressed in pre-season and I am looking forward to working with her. I am also delighted to welcome Jo back to Newcastle after a short break from the club. Her experience will be invaluable this season, particularly with bringing on our many young players, she is an excellent role model for the youngsters."
Jo Cartwright said: "I am delighted to once again be a part of Newcastle United. It's an exciting time for the club and I look forward to the new season. The coaching staff has all worked with the squad over pre-season and as a club we are raring to go. The future's bright for NUWFC and with the support from PUMA, there's no stopping us now!"
New signing Emma Bentley said: "I am very pleased to be joining such an ambitious club at a very exciting time. The set up at NUWFC is fantastic, with hard working staff and players. I can't wait to get stuck into the season and help the girls achieve our potential and go all the way!"
Although several new players will be joining the club, Rachel Coleman has been pulling on a black and white shirt for eight years. "Pre-season has gone well," she said. "We are all fitter than ever thanks to our new coach. I would say as a relatively young squad, we should aim to mature as a team and individuals in what will be a tough season, especially for those players stepping up to the Premier League for the first time. We have lost a few key players from last year's squad so we all need to work together to rebuild our team this year."
Former professional goalkeeper Andy Collett, who has coached at Darlington and Oldham Athletic in the past, has been recruited as the club's new Goalkeeper Coach, Kris Semple is added as Strength and Conditioning Coach while Weidong Yuan (Dongdong) and Drew Beardsley will be in charge of the reserves.
Newcastle have also been busy developing its successful Match Day Mascot programme. The club invites players from local North East Junior girls' teams to be part of each home game. Last years programme was very successful with many clubs having already booked their place for this season, although we do still have a few matches available. The NUWFC Match Day Mascots programme is supported by XS Superbowl, of Whitley Road, Benton.
Chairman Phil Eadon said:" This has been a very busy time for the club. There are many things to put in place if we are to make a push for promotion. There is a lot of local talent in the Newcastle area and with our new partnerships with The University of Northumbria, Tyne Met College and Newcastle College we see a very positive future.
"In the twelve months I have been Chairman, we have turned the club around from one that had deep financial issues to one where we now have some money in the bank. I, the players and everyone on the club committee were disappointed that Newcastle did not win a place in the new FA Super League. Undaunted we will continue to build the club both on and off the pitch so that we are ready should the opportunity arise. The club remains focused on providing the most enjoyable environment for talented ladies to play their football.
"Newcastle is a football mad area. We want to welcome more supporters to our matches and raise the awareness and interest in the club and what the ladies achieve. I am delighted to have such a good and dedicated coaching team, lead by Mark."
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