Forest Green Rovers appoint Hannah Dingley as Academy Manager in English men's football first

Credit: Forest Green Rovers

Forest Green Rovers football club has appointed Hannah Dingley as its new Academy Manager.

The announcement marks the first time a woman has run an academy in English men's football.

Alongside the appointment, Forest Green Rovers (FGR) has also revealed plans to launch a new women's academy.

New Lawn in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire - the home of Forest Green Rovers. Credit: PA

After working with Burton Albion since 2013, Dingley is tasked with building momentum in FGR's category three academy as well as developing fresh first-team talent.

Dingley leaves her position as Head of Academy Coaching at Burton Albion which she's held since 2016.

Commenting on her appointment, she said:

"I'm really excited to get started - it's the perfect blank canvas".

She added: "It feels like I’ve got a chance to innovate here and do things differently".

Dingley has been described as having a 'fearless approach' in her coaching. Credit: Forest Green Rovers

Forest Green Rover Chairman, Dale Vince, welcomed the appointment - saying Dingley is "a good cultural fit" for the club.

"Hannah is a great addition to the team at FGR, she has the experience, passion and skill to really drive our academy onward, giving our young players their best shot at first-team football".

He added both the club and Dingley share "an interest in innovation" and "breaking the mould".

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