We are delighted to announce that Jack Bowser has been appointed as U18’s Girls Manager and will be assisted by Alex Richards.
Jack has been coaching for a number of years predominantly within the Girls Regional Talent Centre at Wolves where he worked with all age groups. Most recently Jack was part of the Wolves Senior Management and Coaching Team before taking time out to undertake his PGCE.
Here’s what Jack had to say;
“It’s such an exciting opportunity and will be a perfect start and role for me to transition into management. After discussions with a number of people who know the club, it was clear to me that there was very good and clear philosophy here which suited me perfectly. I love the fact that the club is eager to support me within my role and really appreciate how welcoming the existing players have been following our arrival”.
“At the moment we are having to take special measures with training due to COVID-19 but the environment at the club and the atmosphere has been second to none. The staff at the club have been there to support myself and Alex and provide clear guidance and I have been able to able to get to know the players and their unique individual personalities which every team needs”.
“I want to build up the squad and prepare them for First Team Football, that is my main goal. We plan to develop the players as best we can so they find the transition from U18’s to senior football a lot smoother and easier. I have a lot of links with players that I would love to bring to the club to help develop and push to First Team level. We are also going to hold trials to see what talent is within the local community and hope to attract players who want to progress with us as a club. I’m beyond excited for the season to start and will no doubt enjoy my time with this fantastic club”.
Assistant Manager Alex has also worked at Wolves but within the boys section, here’s what he had to say on his appointment:
“Unlike Jack, this is my first time working in the female game but I am finding this new experience enjoyable and challenging in a good way and I am enjoying learning how things differ and how the girls play and react in comparison to how they do in the men’s game. I feel the girls have been fantastic in the first couple sessions back and they have responded well to the changes myself and Jack have put in place and made me feel very welcome”.
“The girls are really glad to be training and around each other again after months in lockdown. I feel now over the next few weeks things will settle down and it will be key to find the right balance between the social element (having a laugh and a joke) and getting the ball rolling”.
“I’m looking forward to getting to know the girls on a personal level and find out what they want to get out of the season”.
With Jack and Alex on board that means that Kelly Williams, Rina Dale and Mick Hickman will be stepping down.
Kelly will be concentrating on First Team management duties and strengthening and growing our female section.
Sabrina Dale will step into a new role as Girls Football Coordinator supporting our existing youth teams and will assist in supporting the growth and development of our youth pathway.
Kelly and Sabrina have been hugely influential and successful in terms of developing players who have progressed to our senior sides and we wish to thank them for their commitment and hard work.
Mick Hickman who has been with the club three seasons has retired but again has been a tremendous influence on the players and a great servant to the U18s and the club.
Here’s what Head of Female Football, Kelly Williams had to say;
“Firstly, I want formally welcome Jack and Alex to Sporting Khalsa, I am really pleased they decided to join us and believe they will be great acquisition for the club. I’m obviously a little sad to be stepping down as manager of the U18’s after five seasons but I know that the team will be in safe hands and that we have some great players coming through our pathway whom I will work with in the not too distant future”.
“We will be close at hand to support Jack, Alex and the girls as we will our other existing girls sides and be able to watch them all more frequently over the season”.
“My focus will be to ensure that the female section is in great shape and the environment allows for our players and volunteers to develop and thrive. We are an ambitious club and it’s important that our work on and off the pitch signifies this and our senior sides in particular are competing at the highest level and challenging for silverware. We want to continue to increase our visibility within our local community, attract more support and get more fans down to the Aspray Arena this forthcoming season”.
If you are 15-17 years old and interested in joining our U18’s this season register at Tiny.cc/joinkhalsawomen and we will be in touch as soon as possible.
We have a number of playing opportunities at youth and senior level and voluntary roles available across the club so keep checking for updates on our website and social media channels for further details.