Loughborough Alumni


25 Jul 2019

Alumna named as first-ever female Academy Manager of English league side

Hannah Dingley has been named as the new Academy Manager of English Football League side, Forest Green Rovers FC. 

The appointment makes her the first-ever female Academy manager of an English league side.

Hannah graduated from Loughborough in 2004 with a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science, before completing an MSc in Coaching in 2008.

Forest Green Rovers, based in Gloucestershire, have been recognised by football’s world governing body, FIFA, as the greenest football club in the world. Under Chairman, Dale Vince, they became the world’s first vegan football club in 2015, with their stadium made almost entirely of wood.

They finished fifth in League 2 last season, with Hannah now taking charge of the club’s fledgling Category 3 academy. She has previously worked at the academy of League 1 side, Burton Albion.

Speaking about her appointment, Hannah said:

"We have a first team manager who really wants young players in his squad and plays the game with a distinctive style.

"We have some great talent in the academy and my focus will be on doing everything we can do give them the best chance at first team football.

“I was aware of Forest Green before I came to meet the chairman, but it was the fact their stadium is on a road called ‘Another Way’ that got me thinking.

"Football typically does the same thing repeatedly and waits for results to change without making changes. It feels like I’ve got a chance to innovate here and do things differently.”

Congratulations to Hannah on her appointment.


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