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Leicester City Women FC are pleased to announce the appointment of Hannah Dingley as their new first team manager.
The 27-year-old, who previously worked as Head Coach at Nottingham Forest, is one of the few women in the country to hold the UEFA A Licence. As well being a Level 3 goalkeeping coach she has a strong background in sports science and has a Masters degree in sports coaching.
Having coached both men's and women's teams in the area, Hannah is relishing the challenge of stepping into the managerial hot seat at Leicester. "I have worked with some really good managers in both the men's and women's game and feel that I am now at a stage to pogress into management myself," she said. "We have had our first couple of training sessions and I have been really impressed with not only the girls' footballing ability but also their team spirit. I think I am going to really enjoy working with them."
Leicester narrowly missed out on promotion last season, however Hannah is confident that she can lead the club into the National Division of the Premier League. "We played Leicester three times last season with Forest and I was very impressed with the squad Craig White had put together," she recalled. "They gave us a good run for our money in the semi finals of the League Cup and on the balance of play they probably should have won. They were so close to promotion last season and I think with the addition of one or two players it is well within our grasp."
Hannah is keen to find some local talent to boost her squad: "Having played for teams in the area I know there is so much talent out there being overlooked. There are girls playing in local leagues who I think could step up to this level. I want to encourage them to challenge themselves and to try and play at the highest standard they can.
"Leicester is a really friendly club and we always give new players a warm welcome. If anyone thinks they have what it takes or just wants to give it a try please get in touch or come down to training."
Leicester City Women train on Tuesdays at Judgemeadow Community College and Thursdays at Aylestone Park FC from 7.30pm - 9.30pm. Alternatively you can e-mail Hannah at H_Dingley@hotmail.com.
Chairman Craig White said: "We are delighted to have Hannah on board. She brings a lot of good ideas and freshness with her enthusiasm and passion for the game and everyone at the club wishes her well and she has our full support. Hannah joins the club at exciting times with the club expanding with new £2.5 million facilities, a set up of international football academies and she will also work within the Girls Centre of Excellence programme."
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