Thunder Produce First Class Pathway Coaching Team

A record number of applications were received this year to become a part of Manchester Thunder’s lucrative Performance Pathway Coaching Team.

Director of Netball Karen Greig and Pathway Head Coach Alex Young have collaboratively work through the quality applications and have appointed what is believed to be the strongest Coaching team to date. Manchester Thunder’s prestigious Pathway is renowned for its strength and professionalism and has successfully produced many athletes through to the Roses Academy and to Superleague squads as well as enjoying a number of titles wins over the years.

The Pathway is constantly evolving and developing with Bees(Year 7), Academy and Futures being introduced in 2018 and a further U14 Academy will be added to the programme this year that will help bridge the gap between our County partnerships and our U15 programme.

Director of Netball Karen Greig said “To have so many high-quality coaches apply to be a part of our Pathway and join the Thunder Family was fantastic. Reading the applications and seeing their passion for both Thunder and their depth of experience, I know our Pathway squads will be in exceptionally good hands. I can’t wait to work with Alex and support this incredible team of coaches over the season whilst having the opportunity to develop and nurture the best athletes in our region. Every county in the North West is being represented which also bodes well for the partnerships with our counties in developing our future athletes from a grassroots level. This representation across all counties also demonstrates our commitment to providing opportunities for the skilled and experienced netball coaches right across the region.”

Pathway Head coach Alex Young said, “I am over the moon with the coaches that we have attracted for this season. It is great to see retained staff as well as new faces. I am really excited to continue to work with such an amazing group of coaches and team managers”.

Here are the details of our team:

Name Position
U21
Jennifer Fields U21 Head coach
Victoria Knights U21 Assistant Coach
Georgina Davies U21 Assistant Coach
U19
Lauren Palmer U19 Head coach
Ashley Taylor U19 Assistant Coach
U17
Alison Sharp U17 Head Coach
Jaclyn Leach U17 Assistant Coach
Clair Christy U17 Assistant Coach
Jessica Finan U17 Development Coach
Nikki Kendrick U17 Development Coach
FUTURES
Georgina Davies Futures Head Coach
Geraldine Williams Futures Assistant Coach
Simon Coombs Futures Development Coach
Dee Shorrock Futures Development Coach
U15
Lauren Palmer U15 Head coach
Sophie Austin U15 Assistant Coach
Phil Owen U15 Assistant Coach
Emily Cowell U15 Assistant Coach
U14
Clair Christy U14 Head Coach
Nat Kerrigan U14 Assistant Coach
Abby Chamberlain U14 Assistant Coach
Mark Lees U14 Development Coach
Youth
Phil Owen Youth Head Coach
Imogen Turner Youth Assistant Coach
Jessie Fowler Youth Assistant Coach
Lauren Watson Youth Assistant Coach
Eliza Morgan Youth Assistant Coach
Leanne Hobin Youth Development Coach
Katie Cox Youth Development Coach
Amy Kervin Youth Development Coach
BEES
Abby Chamberlain Bees Head Coach
Charley Youds-McDowall Bees Assistant Coach
Polly Logan Bees Assistant Coach
Jo Dempsey Bees Assistant Coach
Lynne Barnett Bees Assistant Coach
Suzanne Bass Bees Assistant Coach
Betsan Eratt Bees Development Coach
Milly Graham Bees Development Coach
Alicia Johnson Bees Development Coach
TEAM MANAGERS
Phil Thomas Franchise Team Manager
Emma Langshaw Pathway
Nat Kerrigan Pathway