Sitting in mid table of the FA Women’s National Premier League and already through to the knock out stages of the League Cup, their Welsh Cup progress is another string to their bow.
With Michele Adams retiring as first team coach at the end of last season, the club had a reshuffle and new coaches were appointed at first team level, with Jamie Sherwood taking the reigns as manager and Jessica Fishlock as first team coach.
Following on from a successful playing career for a number of other clubs before becoming involved with her home city club at 21 years of age, including being capped by Wales 28 times and captaining her country during the 1992/3 UEFA qualifiers, Michele had been first team coach for 20 years, overseeing the club's rise up the various leagues at South West league level, through the Combination League and National Southern Division and into the National. At Combination level, the club became the first to win promotion without dropping a single point all season, a record that still stands today.
Both Jamie and Jess have connections with the club. Jamie is married to Chelsea midfielder Katie Sherwood, who started out as a youngster at Cardiff. Jess joined the club when she was 7 years of age before moving onto Bristol Academy 5 years ago, then moving to Holland to play for AZ Alkmaar for three seasons, being the first Welsh player to play professionally, and returning to Bristol Academy where she still plays in the WSL.
Both Jess and Katie came right through the club's Junior ranks and were part of the young senior team which saw the club promoted through the pyramid leagues and into the FA Premier National League South and later the National Premier League. Along the way, both were capped at U-19 level and captained their respective age-groups. on the way to becoming full Welsh Internationals whilst still withg Cardiff.
Michele, who remains very much involved with the club as Chairperson and oversees all of the coaches said; “Appointing Jamie as the Manager was an easy decision, as his enthusiasm and knowledge for the women’s game shines through. He is keen to do well in the role and has worked really hard in the past couple of months along with Jess, who is a fantastic role model for all the youngsters out there, and now wants to get involved in coaching. We are pleased and proud that she wants to put something back into the club which started it all off for her”.
Jamie commented “I have always admired what Cardiff has achieved, they have a very rich and proud tradition, a lot of this is down to the sound foundation made by the hard work of all the volunteers involved. The club also has an excellent junior development system, and no other club has produced as many Welsh International players at all age groups. What is good to see is that past players always seem keen to follow the club's fortunes, and the club encourages the players to put something back into the game and thereby producing its own future coaches and administrators. I’m really happy to be a part of this forward-thinking club.”
Jess, who is a UEFA ‘B’ licence coach and current Welsh Captain, was recently voted Welsh Player of the Year for the second year running, and last week won the prestigious accolade of FA Players' Player of the Year, combines her coaches role with her playing career at Bristol. She said; “This is my club, they gave me so much as a youngster starting out in the game, this is a great opportunity for me to come back in a coaching role to give something back to the club.”
Jamie and Jess will work alongside Deb Ball, the Reserve Team Coach, as they have also had a great start to the season, sitting mid-table after being promoted last season to the FA National Reserve League Division 1.
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