Lydia Bedford’s Historic Move From Arsenal Women To Brentford U18 Men

Lydia Bedford’s Historic Move From Arsenal Women To Brentford U18 Men
HerSport Editor
HerSport Editor

Lydia Bedford has made history within the footballing world following her departure as assistant coach at Arsenal Women, to her appointment as head coach of Brentford’s u18 men's team.

The move makes Bedford the first female to ever hold the position of head coach within a Premier League club, and will be joined by Jon-Paul Pitmann as an assistant coach following his move from Forest Green Rovers.

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The 35-year-old's coaching career began in 2008 and she obtained her UEFA Pro Licence in 2019. Throughout her career she has held many positions most notably as head coach of Leicester women for the 21/22 season, as well as head coach of England’s women at u15, u16 and u17.

Most recently Bedford held the role of Assistant coach at Arsenal Women, and upon her departure from the club issued a thanks to the staff and players for the support she was shown.

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Since the announcement of her appointment, Brentford has expressed their admiration for the new coach stating, "[We're] really pleased that we've managed to attract such talented coaches as Lydia and Jon-Paul to our under-18 team for next year."

“We undertook an extensive recruitment process for these roles. Lydia and Jon-Paul were the two best candidates, and thankfully we were able to finalise their recruitment to the staff. I’m sure they will excel, and we all look forward to working with them through pre-season and beyond.”

Bedford’s side will be in action in the 23/24 season, featuring in the South East Youth Alliance League, the Youth Alliance Cup, as well as the Youth FA Cup.

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