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Ballymena United FC Women announce new First Team Manager
Uploaded Friday, 9th Apr, 2021 at 15:23

Ballymena United Football Club Women have announced the appointment of Daniel Carlisle as First Team Manager.
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Daniel takes the helm at the Sky Blues having joined the Club as Youth Academy Director in June 2020, following a spell at Larne FC Women and three years in Liverpool where he coached Liverpool Feds FC Women.
Working alongside Daniel will be Alvin Pierce, Assistant Manager, First Team Coaches Paul Burnside and Jason Johnston, and David McKeown as Reserve Team Manager.
The new management structure within the Ballymena United FC Women senior set up brings together an exciting blend of experience, knowledge, skill and new ideas in time for the 2021 NIWFA season that is expected to get underway within the coming weeks, public health regulations allowing.
Ballymena United FC Women Chair Mark Livingstone said:
"We are delighted that Daniel has accepted the position of First Team Manager. His vision and ambition are completely aligned with that of the Club and in Daniel we believe we have one of the best young coaches in the country, working with us to develop fantastic players and an enthusiasm for the women’s game locally."
Commenting on his appointment, Daniel Carlisle said:
"Ballymena United is a club that is close to my heart and it is an honour to be appointed as First Team Manager for the senior women. There is no doubt that this is a really exciting time for women's football in Northern Ireland and Ballymena United FC Women have a huge role to play in that.

We are ambitious for the future of the Club and for the first team and I can't wait to get to work alongside Alvin, Paul, Jason, David and of course the players. Ultimately, as Ballymena United, we have to strive to be the best, both on and off the pitch and our ultimate goal is to return to the Premiership and compete alongside the best sides in the country. We now have the coaches and structure in place to be able to do so.

We do have a lot of work to do, however I believe there is nowhere more exciting to play your football in Northern Ireland. Our ambition is to create opportunities both for the exciting young players we have coming through our flourishing academy and for new players to come and join us at Ballymena and get involved in what we believe is one of the best women's clubs in Northern Ireland"
Daniel is clear that his ethos is firmly focused on player development, developing the individual skills of players that then come together as one team.
"Football is a team sport and we need every part of the team to be working well. That's why at Ballymena, we can guarantee players individual support to develop their skills and knowledge of the game as well as developing the squad as whole. We believe in our ability as a coaching team to develop and support our players to be the best they can be, we now need the players to believe in themselves and strive to be the best. We are currently on the look out for new players to join the senior squad for the incoming season so if you or someone you know aged 16 or over would be interested in getting involved, get in touch to hear about our plans and the opportunities we have for players of all levels of experience and across all positions."
Anyone interested in becoming involved with Ballymena United F.C. Women should contact the Club on Facebook or by emailing ballymenaunitedfcwomen@gmail.com
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