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England Women's development coach Gemma Grainger leaves to become new Wales manager

Friday 19 Mar 2021

We can confirm Gemma Grainger has been appointed as Wales manager.

Gemma had been with us since 2007 and coached across various England women’s development teams, most recently leading the U17s, and had also spent time supporting the senior set-up at the 2017 EUROs in which the Lionesses reached the semi-finals.

While based at St. George’s Park, she worked at the 2014 FIFA Women’s U20 World Cup and the 2016 FIFA Women’s U17 World Cup as well as at two U19 EURO finals and two U17 EURO finals. She received her UEFA Pro Licence in 2016.

Baroness Sue Campbell, our director of women’s football, said: “This is a great opportunity for Gemma and we of course wish her well.

"We have spoken a lot of late about the Lionesses’ pathway helping to provide roles for coaches to develop their skills and take the next step.

"This is vitally important for increasing the talent pool and can only benefit the wider women’s game in years to come.

"While we are sad to see her go, it will also mean more chance for others to show what they can do as we look towards a tremendously exciting period including the home EURO next year.”

By FA Staff