FC Humber United now have little over a week to finalise their preparations ahead of their inaugural season. With the club’s ever present desire to learn, adapt and move forward, FC Humber United endeavours to be as prepared as best we can for the coming NCEL1 Season. With momentum building at the club, we are pleased to announce the addition of Jill Stacey to the club’s coaching staff.

The club would like to take this opportunity in welcoming Jill to FC Humber United as first team coach, offering a vital support network to club management, Mark Maspero and Marc Brown. In early discussions with Jill, our new first team coach outlined her role within the club; “I’ll be working alongside the two Mark’s as the First Team Coach. I’ll be responsible for designing & delivering technical & tactical practices that fit with the FC Humber United’s game model. I’ll feed my thoughts & opinions into Mark who has overall responsibility for team selections.”

In gaining an insight of the history Jill Stacey has had with the sport, the clubs newest addition added further comment outlining her background within football and coaching;

“I’ve been coaching for 17 years, starting when I was just 16 after sustaining an ACL injury that put me out of playing for 18 months. I wanted to stay connected to the game and coaching felt like the right thing at the right time for me. I’ve worked in a variety of environments, having earned a living from working in football for the past 10 years. 

I’ve gained experience of dealing with people, players from coaching on Holiday Camps to Premier League clubs Performance Centres, alongside a successful five years coaching Northumbria University’s Women’s Teams and Newcastle United Women’s First Team who play in the National League North for four seasons. My current role is Technical Director of York City FC Regional Talent Club, it’s the Talent Pathway Programme for Elite female players from 8-16 year olds.”

Jill added further comment, outlining her coaching credentials and thoughts on contributing to the coaching team; I’m currently a UEFA B License coach, however I start my A License with the English FA in September, something that I am really looking forward to. I’ll bring an enthusiastic and relentless approach to player, team and personal development. Alongside a good knowledge & understanding of the game and how to break it down for the players to understand and most importantly, implement on a match day!

Further to the appointment of FC Humber’s new first team coach, we conversed in the expectations that Jill will provide during training sessions and match days; “I have really high expectations of myself when it comes to planning & delivery. I’m a big believer in looking after the small details in every possible situation and this transfers across to the players I’m working with, no matter the standard. We want to work with players who want to learn & grow alongside the club. We know that there will be some tough tests during the season but we want resilient players who can think their way through games.”

Providing an extension to the expectations required during clubs sessions, Jill offered her thoughts on how she feels her influence will be measured; “This is a really interesting question, I feel like this will be my ability to coach within the game model & the impact that will have on the players, again they are the ones who have to implement the plans on a match day having been guided by our preparation. Hopefully our style of play, the quantity & quality of chances we created, as well as results will be where I feel like I am able to have an impact.”

Over the years football has been considered somewhat of a male dominant sport, however, over more recent years the sport has grown into something much more. The beautiful game has now become a love affair for all, Jill shared her thoughts on female coaches in what has been considered a male orientated sport; “This is another interesting question, for me, I always think it doesn’t matter to me if a coach is male or female as long as they are capable of doing the job in hand. I’d love to see more female coaches gaining positions within men’s set up’s at every level & I hope that by taking this role I can raise some awareness and challenge some perceptions & thinking on the subject.”

Do you see this as a positive step forwards? “I definitely see this as a positive step for me within my own coaching journey, I’m looking forward to continuing to develop both as a person & coach within the set up.” Jill commented. 

On a final note, the clubs most recent addition shared her thoughts on how the squad has reacted since starting training sessions; 

“The lads have been brilliant from the start, they have spoken to me & treated me the same as the other coaching staff & I wouldn’t expect anything different. For the two sessions that I have delivered so far, they have taken on board the objective and have worked really hard to try & achieve it, which is exactly what I’ve asked for. The boys seem keen to learn so ask questions & challenge me & each other appropriately. I’ve already had conversations with a few players about their own development and how they can continue to work on themselves away from training, which is excellent.”

To conclude the club’s latest news, we very much look forward to working with Jill as we continue our journey and progress further, into the coming season and beyond. 

Tom Devereux| Media Executive | FC Humber United

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July 23, 2021