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