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Jim Messenger to step down as Head Coach of Great Britain Women

Monday, August 3, 2020

Messenger has been Head Coach for eight years

Jim Messenger, Head Coach of the Great Britain Women’s team, is stepping down from his role after eight years.

Jim guided Great Britain Women to a second place finish at the 2015 European Championships, which paved the way for the team to participate in the 2017 World Championships – where they finished in fourth place, narrowly losing to Mexico in the Bronze Medal Game. In his final tournament, the 2019 European Championships, Jim led the squad to a bronze medal at Leeds.

Pete Ackerley, BAFA Chief Executive, said:

“Jim has been a great servant for women’s American football and the sport as a whole in Great Britain. I would like to express my sincere thanks for his tireless work over such a significant period of time, and for his significant role in developing the women’s game.

“With no international fixtures coming up in the immediate future due to COVID-19, now is a great opportunity to look forward and build on the work Jim has started to continue growing and developing women’s American football.”

Mike Callan, BAFA Head of National Programs, said:

“Jim has long been an advocate of women's American football and has played a huge role in raising it to the levels it is at today. Jim has spent countless hours and days building the Women's National Programme up from nothing.
 

“Jim has been a lead figure in the American football community in Great Britain. We will now begin the task of finding someone to replace Jim at the National Programme level and to continue to drive the programme forward.”

Jim Messenger said:

"It has been a privilege to be part of this all and I would like to thank everyone out there who has given support to the building of women's football in the UK.

“I would also like to thank all the staff of the Great Britain Women's team who over the years have invested so much into making it such a success. And of course, thank you to all the players who have given the belief and commitment to make it happen. I'm still in awe! It has been your blood, sweat, and tears that earned the international respect and results that UK women's football gained in such a short time. Keep going, it's your game!"
 

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