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Jersey FA target growth of women's football

Jersey Women's Football team won gold at last year's Natwest Island Games

The Jersey FA (JFA) are launching a campaign to try and develop women's football in the island.

The sport is on the rise following the success of England's 'Lionesses' who finished third at last year's World Cup, whilst Jersey won gold at the 2015 NatWest Island Games on home turf.

This month the JFA are carrying out a consultation to gauge the state of the game locally and assess how they can grow it in the years ahead.

We have seen a great deal of interest since the success of our women’s team in the Island Games.

We want to build on that by providing opportunities at all levels from Grass Roots through to Adult football for any females wanting to play.

Our aim is to have a joined up strategy that will see the number of opportunities for girls to play football increase and that in turn will flow through into clubs being able to run junior girls' teams and ultimately through into growth in the senior game.

– BOB LAWRENCE, JERSEY FA

The consultation will consist of a short online survey.

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Jimmy Reilly resigns as Jersey football manager

The Jersey FA has confirmed Jimmy Reilly has resigned from his position as manager of the Jersey men's senior teams.

Reilly was appointed to his role in October 2014 and led the Island side to a Muratti win in Guernsey in May 2015 and went on to manage the team through the NatWest Island Games last July.

But the campaign was a disappointment with the hosts knocked out of the competition at the group stage.

No reason has been given for Reilly's resignation.

"The Jersey FA would like to thank Jimmy for his time and commitment to the role and we wish him well for the future. The Jersey FA have one of its regular, monthly board meetings next week and there will be no further comment until after that meeting".

– Jersey FA CEO Neville Davidson

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Reaction to Jimmy Reilly appointment

Former captain Luke Watson on whether Reilly is the right man for the job:

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Jimmy Reilly named Jersey FA Head Coach

Jimmy Reilly, currently manager at Trinity FC, has been named as the new Jersey FA Head coach and will also take charge of the Under-21 team.

The announcement was made this morning with Kevin McCarthy, Dave Brodie, Paddy O’Toole and Paul Campos named as Reilly's assistants.

The new management team will immediately be preparing and selecting a representative squad to play three games on 20th, 22nd & 24th October against a visiting army regiment.

Reilly was quick to express his excitement at getting started in his new role:

I am really pleased to have been appointed to this role and I can’t wait to get started. I am under no illusions as to the size of the task but with the right players and the right attitude; I really do believe we can make good progress.

Obviously, the Natwest Island Games next year will be a key focus for us, and having been part of the winning team in the 1997 Games, also held in Jersey, I know what a great tournament it will be.

– Jimmy Reilly, Jersey FA Head Coach

Reilly has played professionally in Scotland as well as being a successful player and coach in Jersey and Phil Austin, President of the JFA, believes that after a tough decision-making process they've got the right man:

We are really pleased to be able to announce this new management team. We were pleasantly surprised with the number and quality of applications for the Head Coach role and I would like to thank all those who expressed interest in it.

We have taken our time to come to a decision because we wanted to explore all options and combinations. I am confident that the team we have picked is the right one to take the Jersey Representative teams forward, in what is going to be a very challenging 12 month period.

– Phil Austin, President of the JFA