Reds head coach Paul Richardson has confirmed his coaching and management staff for the 2021 Northern League campaign.
Richardson says his pre-season schedule is in place and next season’s squad will be well-supported by his coaching group.
New faces in the support team include Bradley Rea (as a player/assistant coach) and Harriet Steele (strength and conditioning coach).
Returning are goalkeeper coach Kim Brierley and team manager Nicola Brierley.
Bradley Rea (main photo) rejoins Cambridge FC’s playing ranks after a spell at Hamilton Wanderers but he’s keen to extend his coaching experience in the Northern League.
He’s a full-time coach, working for the Ricki Herbert Football Academy and providing one-to-one specialist coaching in the Waikato.
At club level, he’s successfully coached the Cambridge U-12 J-League team to runners-up spots at the Weir Rose Bowl tournament and in the WaiBOP Federation competition.
He’s in the final stages of completing his C-Level coaching qualification.
Harriet Steele has been named as the Reds’ strength and conditioning coach for the NRFL group for the 2021 season,
Steele, who has Bachelor of Science degree with double majors in Sports & Exercise Science, and Physiotherapy, has worked with New Zealand U-17 and U-20 age group players and as a strength and conditioner for New Zealand Football. She was seconded to NZ Football from a similar role with High Performance Sport NZ.
She has shared her skills with elite groups at Olympic levels and was part of the support team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Richardson said: “Harriet has already started with the club and will lead the pre-season football-specific training starting in January 2021.”
Kim Brierley, the principal of the Just4Keepers Academy, has been the club’s goalkeeper coach since 2014.
Nicola Brierley was appointed team manager for the first time in 2019.
Reserves coach sought
Cambridge FC seeks to appoint a suitable coach for its Northern League reserves squad.
The appointee will work closely with head coach Paul Richardson to help develop players suitable for competing at Northern League level.
The club will actively support the reserves coach’s efforts to develop and attain suitable coaching qualifications.
Our club’s Technical Director, Ricki Herbert, will assess applications and make recommendations to the executive committee on coaching appointments for 2021.
Through Ricki Herbert, the club has put in place a top-to-bottom coaching support structure.
To make your interest known, please email Cambridge Football Club.
Please provide your football CV and/or information that will help our assessment process.