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Chris takes helm at Leeds
 Women's Football News 2 Jun 2011
Leeds United Ladies FC is pleased to announce that Chris Welburn has been appointed First Team Manager for the start of the 2011-12 season.
Chris first joined the club as Technical and Conditioning Coach in 2004 and was brought back to the bench by Caretaker Manager Rick Passmoor earlier this year after the club parted company with previous manager Gemma Grainger.
"Since the season ended we've received many applications for the Manager's position," said Chairman Steve Russell. "In appointing Chris, we have a manager with a wealth of experience in women's football who has worked his way through the ranks, developing skills and supporting the work of the Leeds United Foundation.
"He is already well-known to the players, and has a clear vision and targets for the club for the forthcoming season and the possibility of Super League football from 2013, should the FA decide to continue with the format."
Chris currently holds the UEFA 'B' Licence and will be continuing his development by undertaking the 'A' Licence course this summer. He is also currently employed as Head Coach of the Women's Programme at Leeds Metropolitan University and works as Head Coach for England Universities and was Team GB Student Futsal Manager in 2010 at the World Championships in Serbia.
"I'm obviously very happy to have been appointed manager," said Chris Welburn. "I already know the players having worked with them for the past five months under Rick's impressive reign as Caretaker Manager and I am looking forward to getting started.
"This season will be an important one for the club, as we look to kick on from what we achieved last season. One of our aims will be to continually look to improve throughout the season and always look to learn and develop as individuals and as a team.
"Personally, I think I've learned a lot from the good practice Rick Passmoor and also Julie Chipchase achieved at the club while working with them. Both Managers helped the club develop on and off the pitch and it is my aim to develop us on again in the FA Tesco Women's Premier League."

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