Spacey-Cale: Future planning

By SFC Media Tue 17 Jul Womens and Girls
Photo by James Bridle

With plans for the future of the women's game in full flow at Staplewood Campus this week, Marieanne Spacey-Cale is wasting no time in making her mark as the club's new Head of Girls and Women’s Football.

The former England international officially starts with Saints today, and will be tasked with shaping the new-look Girls and Women's programme, in line with the model followed by the club's first-team and academy.

Indeed, it's already clear to see the impact Marieanne's experience will have on driving the women's set-up forward at Saints. Speaking about her appointment, she gave us the lowdown on what the future holds. 

"My roles within football have progressed from development with 5-11 year-olds, to coaching at international level and a lot of playing experience," she explained.

"If you put all that into the mix, the knowledge and understanding I've learned from the game in all those different environments, I want to bring that to the club.

"But still utilise everything that already exists, the expertise that is already here. There will be lots of different thoughts and opinions, but we've got all those ideas under one roof and it shows where the plan for this club is.

"We'll put everything into producing the best players for this club, and then naturally if our players are regularly performing on a week to week basis then your expectation is international recognition may follow.

"For me, it's a natural progression, if we produce the right people at club level, they have the potential to become internationals in the future.

"The International Development Programme is about being exposed to different environments. The programme will be bespoke for this club, and girls who play at Southampton.

"It's a really creative and innovative way for the club to say, we've got new ideas. The idea is to give these players the chance to play competitively in a league here, but the added advantage of exposure to international football and different club set-ups in other countries. That's invaluable!"

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