Becoming new Weston Ladies manager is the ‘right moment’ says Adams
PUBLISHED: 13:00 26 June 2020
Newly appointed Weston Ladies manager Sarah Adams has said this is the ‘right moment’ to be in the charge of The Seagulls, writes Josh Thomas.
Adams, who takes over from Stacie Morrissey, will combine her new role as Weston’s new coach as a lecturer at Weston College and arrives from Bristol City Foundation holding UEFA B football, UEFA B futsal and Bsc Football Performance qualifications.
“I’m really looking forward to it and I can’t wait to get started,” she said.
“Things have been put back and we’ve got all the restrictions in place but we are a couple of weeks away now from starting our pre-season, I can’t wait. The players can’t wait either, they are itching I’ll go and put that kit on.
“It’s the biggest female sport in the country, it’s not always been paid the attention it should be.
“We’ve got a lot of girls that play a lot of football until they are 16 and then drop out. Another part of my role, especially within the work I do at Weston College, is to try and stop that from happening. Hopefully we can build a senior team then to help keep those youth players still playing football.
“It means a lot to be back at the club and hopefully get the football to where it was 10 years ago where I was drawn to it as someone from outside Weston and hopefully we can get the same happening again.”
With clubs such as Super League’s Bristol City and FA Women’s National League South side Yeovil Town Ladies in the area, Adams feels Weston can be the next big club.
“Between Bristol and Yeovil really there is a lot of gap to make, so great inbetween and Weston is the place to do it,” added Adams.
“There’s a lot of little pods of good things going on in Weston, hopefully we can make those little pods into one central place where there is a real quality provision in Weston where we can draw in female footballers and slightly further afield as well.
“It means our local talent doesn’t have to go play elsewhere to get quality, they can get a real high quality provision where they are which also draws interest from bigger clubs then. We can produce that talent pool at Weston which we lack a little bit.”
But the support Adams has had from Weston makes it a ‘great club to be at’.
She said: “I’ve never worked in a women’s football team that has got so much backing from the whole men’s club.
“The support Oli (Bliss) has given the women’s team, not just now but the last few years, just says what a great place it is to build a team within a club.
“That is probably one of the differences. I feel like all of the clubs I’ve been at, this is the one where you are a within a club not just a separate entity.
“The facilities are there already for us to work our way up the leagues, everything is there in one place. We’ve got the support from the whole club, we’ve got the facilities behind us as well. The players have got to do it now.”
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