Derby County Ladies Football Club

Griffiths Shapes her Staff Ahead of 2018/19 Season

Derby County Ladies Manager Sam Griffiths has moved swiftly to name her football staff ahead of pre-season for the 2018/19 FA WPL Northern Division campaign with new coach Sarah Lowden and Connor Price joining the Ewe Rams.

Sarah Green and Sarah Lowden will support Griffiths out field delivery and GK coaches Jenny Simpson and Damien Morgan will carry on supporting the GKs. Sports Therapist Andy Grecian also returns for the campaign with the club welcoming Strength and Conditioning Coach Connor Price to the team.

Griffiths said “I’m delighted to add Sarah (Lowden) to the team and I know that she is highly thought of. I have worked closely with Sarah over the past year with work and she has all the attributes im looking for in a coach. Sarah brings something different in the fact she has worked in a boys academy. Its important for me to build a team of coaches with different strengths

“With Sarah Green due to complete her A license this Summer and Sarah Lowden already having started hers, Im excited about what the futures hold on the training ground

“Jenny and Damian are two very good GK coaches and have been with the club a long time and know the club in and out and how the Derby way should be. I’ve played with Jenny at the club for a number of years and she is a fountain of knowledge and a very trusted member of my team.

“Jenny works tirelessly off the pitch to support me with the operations side of things too which sometimes can go unrecognised but without this support the club wouldn’t be in the place it is today.

“Damian has helped improve our goalkeepers and I know his standards match with what we are trying to achieve here so more than delighted that both he and Jenny have agreed to stay on.”

The application for a place in Tier 2 demanded the need for a Strength and Conditioning (S&C) coach to be taken on if successful and whilst the club didn’t get that place in the FA Women’s Championship, the chance to take on a S&C coach is seen as vital for Griffiths if the club is to make that next step.

“The game is changing even from how it was just a couple of seasons ago and clubs are getting more and more professional at every level. This demand has been seen in the women’s game very quickly and we need to make sure as a club that we are doing everything we can get that vital promotion.

“Bringing Connor on board was a bit of a no brainer for me, we had conditioning sessions over the past couple of seasons but a dedicated S&C coach is that next step and we believe we have a very good one that can get the girls fitter and back from injury quicker.

“Last season our physiotherapist left for a role elsewhere and we brought in Andy Grecian and it’s a testament to his work as to how smoothly that change has occurred. Last season’s squad couldn’t speak more highly of Andy and so we are delighted that he is also back for this season and I know both Andy and Connor will give us an edge to getting our players fitter and back from injury quicker.”