Connah’s Quay Nomads have announced a management team restructure for their female section as part of big plans for the future.
Jordan Parry will now lead the ladies and girls set-ups, including becoming the new women’s team manager.
And in an exciting move, Everton and Wales international Elise Hughes comes on board in a coaching capacity.
With new licensing requirements for the newly-restructured Tier 2 North League, along with demands for the Women’s Welsh Premier League, which the club aspire to reach in the coming years, Nomads have moved to meet these needs early in preparation for future seasons.
Having applied for his UEFA A license this year, if successful in gaining a place on the course, Jordan will meet the requirements for the ladies team to progress to the Tier 1 National League.
Jordan will continue to work alongside Steve Boyes and Andy Molyneux, who have been a pivotal part in the coaching team over recent months.
Local girl Elise, whose father Peter is a former Nomads player, joins the ladies set-up as a coach. This will complete the impressive off-field team which will include three UEFA B license holders and one FAW C Certificate holder.
The team of four will also be continuing their coaching roles within the ever-growing girls set-up which now operates teams at U6s to U12s age groups with the club looking to expand to the full cohort up to U16s and U19s to grow into their senior ranks.
The club has clear aspirations of one day participating in the Women’s Welsh Premier League and ultimately working to maybe one day mirror Nomads men’s first team and compete in European competition.
The Nomads ladies side will now train twice a week, currently through online sessions and pitch-based sessions once lockdown is lifted.
All players are supported with zero registration fees which includes free training and playing kit along with gym memberships at Lifestyle Fitness including strength and conditioning training. Alongside this female players have access to conditioning support, analysis and will play and train at The Quay 3G.
Jordan Parry said: “I am delighted to be offered this opportunity and that challenge of managing the ladies section at the club. It’s something that can really develop and become massive along with the other achievements the club consistently produces.
“This is a great challenge for myself to develop again personally and to also set a high standard of and professional culture for all that want to be a part of this team at Connah’s Quay Nomads.
“As we look to enter tier 2 next season, our aim is to get into the Welsh Premier League as soon as possible, Then of course compete and aim for European football. This is a massive indication of how serious the club are taking this project moving forward.
“I won’t be doing this alone, the remaining passionate staff of Steve Boyes and Andy Molyneux will continue, who I feel have taken over in the toughest of times through the Covid experience and to keep the team running throughout the transition from previous staff was always going to be a challenge,
“So full credit to both of them – Steve especially has done an amazing job.
“One of the biggest factors will be adding Elise Hughes to our staff. As we all know, she’s a Women’s Premier League player and Welsh International who has experience of the top level.
“Through consistent discussions with Elise she is looking to get this women’s team to similar standards that she is used to.
“Having her experience in the women’s game is so crucial in the direction we want to go, so moving forward I’m really looking forward to working with the staff.”
Jordan added: “Overall, I feel the club have got the best platform around for a ladies team to be successful with the vision we have in place.
“We have a clear pathway of girls teams in the making, a Scholarship program also with more additional training provided to show a real drive of our aspirations of where we see this project leading.
“We already have a good core of players but we will be recruiting straight away – ready for when the season starts.”
The official names for the new leagues within the revised women’s pyramid structure will be announced as part of a major rebrand in May.