The Football Association of Wales has appointed Gemma Lewis as its first Women’s and Girls’ Pathway Manager.
Lewis, who represented Cymru during her playing career, joins the FAW having overseen considerable success by leading the Future Ferns programme for the New Zealand Football Federation and overseeing all youth age groups. During her time in the role, Lewis helped many players successfully progress into the New Zealand national team.
She was also part of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France as a member of the Football Ferns’ coaching staff and most recently guided New Zealand to the FIFA U20 World Cup.
During her time with the FAW, Lewis will be responsible for ensuring there is a seamless transition of youth players into the national senior squad, embedding the Welsh Way and working closely with the Senior Talent Identification Manager to identify young, talented Welsh-eligible players.
“Gemma Lewis was the outstanding candidate in our search to secure a lead for our Women’s and Girls’ Player Pathway Manager.David Adams, FAW Chief Football Officer
“We are delighted to welcome Gemma to the FAW family, as this position will enable further alignment of high-performance services into our female national youth teams. It will create greater synergy between our exciting Girls’ Academy program in the north and south, which feeds into our international female teams at U15s, U16s, U17s and U19s level.”