Dawn Scott, the globally-renowned sports activities science skilled tasked with serving to England Women win their first main trophy, is to go away her function because the FA’s senior girls’s bodily efficiency supervisor in a shock announcement.
The information comes lower than two years after Scott rejoined the FA in November 2019, and simply over one month earlier than incoming England head coach Sarina Wiegman takes cost of her first recreation.
Scott is extensively credited with enjoying a pivotal function in serving to the United States win back-to-back World Cups, prior to rejoining England and dealing with the Team GB squad on the Tokyo Olympics. She beforehand spent 9 years because the FA’s head of sports activities science in her first spell with the governing physique, serving to England attain the ultimate of Women’s Euro 2009.
Her surprising departure shall be an enormous disappointment for the England squad, who’re recognized to have liked working along with her. Only final month Arsenal and England winger Nikita Parris instructed the media how vital Scott is to the aspect: “She’s influential, there’s no person higher than her. Her consideration to element is second to none.
“When we win the tournaments forward of us, she shall be a key a part of why we do. She is superb. I can’t communicate extra extremely of her. I’m positive after we win back-to-back trophies, we’ll elaborate extra.”In an FA assertion on Tuesday, director of girls’s soccer, Baroness Sue Campbell, mentioned: “Dawn’s care and concern for each participant has been distinctive and we all know they’ll miss her vastly. We respect and assist Dawn’s determination to additional her profession in a senior administration function exterior the FA and we want her each success in the long run.”
Scott’s exit will naturally be a blow to England’s hopes of glory at subsequent summer time’s Euros, which shall be held in England, forward of the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Scott added: “It has been a privilege to come again house and assist England and Team GB over the previous 20 months – the gamers have been good to work with and I’ll miss these interactions.
“Having labored in the sphere for over 20 years now, I’m nonetheless keen about supporting the expansion of girls’s soccer, in addition to my very own skilled improvement. I plan to take a while out and initially work on some thrilling tasks with Fifa aimed toward growing bodily efficiency methods designed particularly for ladies. I want Sarina and her group the very best of luck, and shall be supporting from the stands subsequent summer time.”