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Get to know the team

Jon Maloney Co-Founder and Lead Coach

Co-Founder & Lead Coach

Jon Maloney

Age : 38

Experience : 20+ years

Qualifications : FA Level 2 coach, First Aid, Safeguarding (DBS) 

Favourite football team : Leeds United

Current player : Leah Galton

All time player : Leo Messi

How did you get into football? "I started at the age of 2 with my dad and have continued to play ever since! I spent 8 years at Leeds United in their academy before moving to Doncaster Rovers as a professional at 16 years old." 

What is your career highlight? "Making my league debut for Doncaster Rovers in a 1-0 win against Carlisle and managing Harrogate Town Ladies in back to back promotions in the first 2 years of the ladies team"

What does Future Lioness mean to you? "It means giving female footballers the opportunity to progress in the game that they love. The most important part is that the girls enjoy themselves but it will be structured in a way that they improve all aspects of their game as well.

Martin Powell Lead Coach

Lead Coach

Martin Powell

Age : 42

Experience : 14 years coaching

Qualifications : UEFA B Coaching, First Aid, Safeguarding (DBS)

Favourite football team : Rotherham United

Current player : Kiera Walsh

All time player : Stuart Pearce

How did you get into football? "My earliest memory of football was when my dad used to take me to watch him play at his local team. I would be stood at the side of the pitch or behind the goal just kicking a ball and watching the game." 

What is your career highlight? "Passing my UEFA B Coaching badge"

What does Future Lioness mean to you? "Coaching at Future Lioness is an exciting new venture and something I’m really looking forward to being involved with. The growth of female football is at an all time high, particularly after England’s success at the recent Euro’s. Future Lioness will give young, female footballers in the Harrogate area the chance to emulate their heroes by attending high class coaching sessions with excellent facilities. My role is to ensure that the sessions are enjoyable but structured in a professional way that will ultimately improve the players I work with and develop their overall understanding of the game."

Cass Lane Coach

Coach

Cass Lane

Age : 20

Experience : 3 years coaching

Qualifications : Level 1 Coaching, First Aid, Safeguarding (DBS)

Favourite football team : Leeds United

Current player : Trent Alexander Arnold

All time player : Maradona

How did you get into football? "My mum took me to Killinghall Nomads when I was 5 and i've never stopped playing since." 

What does Future Lioness mean to you? "Having played football since I was a child I love passing on what I have learnt to the younger generation to allow them to love the game as much as I do."

What is  your career highlight? "Playing in the FA cup at 18"

Abbey Harland - Coach

Coach

Abbey Harland

Age : 18

Experience : 2 years coaching

Qualifications : Level 1 Coaching

Favourite football team : Leeds United

Current player : Rachel Daly

All time player : Christiano Ronaldo

How did you get into football? "I learnt to walk chasing a ball and from that point on I think my mum and dad knew I wasn’t going to stop playing, so my dad took me to a Harrogate town game - I loved that and so I got involved playing at the Harrogate Town summer camp and I met loads of players and coaches that gave me opportunities to play around the area and then later on around the country."

What does Future Lioness mean to you? "For me I love seeing players come through programs like Future Lioness because I was once one of them and I’m so excited to be a part of these young players' journeys in football."

What is  your career highlight? "Making my first team debut at 16 for Middlesbrough. I came on and scored 2 goals in front of all my family and it was a special moment for myself!"

Future Lioness Coach Chloe Hickson

Coach

Chloe Hickson

Age : 23

Experience : 4 years coaching

Qualifications : Level 1 Coaching, First Aid, Safeguarding, Currently on my UEFA C, Introduction To Talent Identification.

Favourite football team : Newcastle United

Current player : Bruno Guimarães

All time player Alan Shearer

How did you get into football? "I learnt how to kick a ball before I could walk so I’ve been told, so I can’t really remember but I’ve always been around it."

What does Future Lioness mean to you?  "It’s amazing seeing how much the girls really enjoy the sessions and leaving with a big smile, being a part of helping the girls progress and achieve their goals with Future Lioness means a lot to me."

What is  your career highlight? "Winning a girls tournament at Thorp Arch."

Jules Maloney - Co-Founder and PDC Admin

Co-Founder and PDC Administrator

Jules Maloney

What does Future Lioness mean to you? "Growing up, one of my close school friends was a brilliant footballer however it was a battle for her to progress in the game due to the lack of access and opportunity for girls at that time. I am so excited to be able to be part of Future Lioness, providing a chance for girls to pursue their football aspirations and dreams in a supportive, encouraging environment. We are here to champion girls football."

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