She has previously worked in similar roles leading Team GB at the Winter World University Games in Russia in 2019, and as the Deputy Chef de Mission at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games earlier this year.
The Commonwealth Youth Games were originally due to take place in 2021, however were postponed due to the pandemic. The event marks the 7th edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games.
Francesca’s role, much like her previous position as the Commonwealth Games England’s Director of Sport and Performance, will focus on ensuring athletes are supported in the lead up to and during the games.
Francesca Carter-Kelly commented:
"I know we will have some very inspired English athletes after this summer’s Commonwealth Games success in Birmingham, and I am looking forward to watching our talented young athletes compete next summer’".
John Steele OBE, Chair of Commonwealth Games England and the University's Executive Director of Sport, said:
“We are thrilled to have Francesca as Chef De Mission for the upcoming Youth Games. We are all looking forward to showcasing in Trinidad and Tobago the young, exciting talent that England has to offer.
“This talent will now be accompanied by Francesca’s experience and leadership working with athletes in a Games environment, so I have no doubt this will be a successful Games for Team England.”