Southampton Football Club is proud to announce the appointment of Marieanne Spacey-Cale MBE as its new Head of Girls and Women’s Football Technical Department.
The appointment represents the cornerstone of the club's ongoing commitment to expanding its Girls and Women's programme beyond its existing Regional Talent Club set-up, and providing a pathway for talented female players to fulfil their potential at Southampton FC.
Marieanne will be based at Staplewood Campus on a full-time basis, and responsible for managing all Girls and Women’s Coaching and Performance staff, as well as overseeing the development of the club's highly successful RTC programme.
As a UEFA Pro License holder, with extensive playing experience at the very top of the women's game and 91 caps for England Women, the club feel Marieanne is perfectly positioned to further its ambition to continue to produce home-grown international standard female players, as well as achieving its future goal of competing in the FA Women’s Championship in the coming years.
As the club welcomes Marieanne, it also announces the launch of a new International Development Programme, which is geared towards providing those talented players leaving the RTC at the age of 16 with every opportunity to succeed in the women's game and the continued chance to represent Southampton.
Fully integrated into Staplewood Campus, alongside the first-team and Academy, the new set-up will draw upon the expertise and resource structure of the club's Football Development and Support Centre, including Sports Science and Medical, Psychology, Scouting and Recruitment and Performance Analysis.
It will include a high-level fixture programme, ensuring the club’s work in producing international standard players at youth level – the Tier 1 RTC programme has already yielded 18 players in the past two years who have been recognised by their countries – can extend into more senior ages.
This further underpins the club's commitment to growing and progressing its women's set-up, by providing the infrastructure for young female players to thrive, and is a positive step towards realising the club's longer-term aim of competing at the top of the women's game.
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Southampton Football Club’s Technical Director Martin Hunter said: "An awful lot of work and preparation has gone into this appointment. We were blown away by the calibre of candidate for this role, but are delighted to have Marieanne on board.
"We needed somebody with a proven track record of development, and Marieanne, with all of her playing and coaching experience clearly fits that. She's a student of the game, if you look at her qualifications and the fact she holds a UEFA Pro License.
"We're excited to welcome Marieanne to the club, and continue to drive the women's game at Southampton forward."
Speaking about her appointment, Marieanne Spacey-Cale said: "From the moment I walked into the club the excitement has continued to rise.
"Listening to the people, the plans for the future and the potential impact that this club can have on women's and girls’ football, not just in the region, but in England and beyond, is fantastic.
"This is an opportunity to be part of a project that has got a solid foundation, but like anything, we'll have to grow and build to become something bigger and better.
"I'm excited for the future of women's football here."