Ryan's NWC Assistant Coaches Announced

  • Jan 30,2019

We are delighted to welcome local coaches, Clare Winning and Deborah Bleakley onto the Senior Squad management team as Assistant Coaches to Head Coach Dan Ryan as he leads Northern Ireland into the Netball World Cup.


Reunited again at National level, Deborah and Clare bring a wealth of player and netball knowledge to the management team, having both worked with many of our athletes as they have transitioned through our school and club structure and onto the National player pathway.


Clare, currently in her second tenure as Head Coach of the NI U17 squad is excited about being part of the management team and the learning she can take from this appointment;


‘I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to learn from an amazing world class coach. Contributing to igniting passion and motivating our team is what I’m most looking forward to. The team already has a contagious energy that will make Netball World Cup 2019 one to watch.’


Deborah, making a welcome return to the Northern Ireland coaching set up following a spell in the United States is looking forward to getting back on court with our athletes;


‘I’m absolutely delighted to be reappointed as Assistant Coach at Senior level. Second time around is even more exciting for me on a personal level. I am looking forward to working with the best netball athletes in our country once again. It is also a privilege to have the opportunity to learn from Dan as he makes his mark on the international stage.’


Dan, having now consolidated his coaching team is eager to see the team build under his guidance and push on with NWC preparations;


"I'm thrilled to have Clare and Debbie on board and I'm really looking forward to working with them and building a really fresh, dynamic and positive coaching team together"

"I've been really energised by their enthusiasm and passion to be involved in our program but also by their growth mindset to learn and evolve as coaches.

"I'm really confident they'll add great value and make a significant contribution to bringing the vision we have for this team to life."


Congratulations Clare and Deborah! Let’s go NI, #StrongestTogether


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