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The new head coach of Wakefield College’s Ladies’ Football Development Centre is urging women across the region to get involved with the beautiful game. Kelsey Byrne, who only took up her post this week, brings with her a wealth of experience which she hopes will help her new team climb the league.

Kelsey, 22, has been involved with girls’ football since the tender age of eight. She is currently a regular for Huddersfield Town Ladies and is also part of the coaching set-up at Bradford City’s Centre of Excellence – a programme for elite footballers many of whom represent England at under 17 and under 19 level. She has completed her level 1 and 2 coaching badges and is now well on her way to completing the level three UEFA B badge.

Wakefield College’s Athlete Development Centre Coordinator, Mark Helme, said: “We had an overwhelming response from some very good coaches who wanted to get involved with us. Kelsey was the outstanding candidate and we were all hugely impressed by her.

“She has enthusiasm, vision and a real passion for developing Women’s Football within Further Education. Over the coming months we hope that this enthusiasm coupled with the quality coaching we have in place will transfer to our current players and will produce some excellent performance on the playing field. We at Wakefield College are committed to helping individuals progress both academically and in a sporting context too.”

The new coach is looking forward to meeting her new students and taking the Development Centre to the next level. “I am first and foremost looking forward to meeting all the girls, and building a good relationship with them not only through the football but also supporting them through their academic studies,” she said.

Kelsey also had a message for those thinking about taking up ladies’ football: “Football is a fantastic way of introducing young girls to exercise and fitness. Children of all ages like to compete and win and football gives them a chance to do this. For girls who are already involved with the game and are looking to pursue their talent and develop further, I believe Wakefield College is a brilliant way of combining studies with something you enjoy, and is definitely something that local girls should take advantage of.”

Those interested in finding out more about the Ladies’ Football Development Centre at Wakefield College should contact Mark Helme on 01924 789752 or via email on m.helme@wakefield.ac.uk

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