Ladies Update

England Ladies Under 19 side head for glory this week as they do battle in the UEFA European Championships, with the Blues' Kelly McDougall expected to play a starring role.

Head Coach Mo Marley, currently Everton's Player/Coach, has picked a strong squad including McDougall for the tournament who will contest the coveted European crown in a group with the hosts Germany, Sweden and Italy.

The games will take place in and around Leipzig from 25th July - 3rd August and England's mouth-watering clash with current champions Germany will be beamed back live on Eurosport on 29th July.

The Under 19s have been very successful over recent seasons, competing in last year's European Championships, getting knocked out by the eventual victors, and also participated in the inaugural FIFA U19 World Cup, reaching the quarter-finals before succumbing to hosts Canada.

England's schedule:

25th July: Sweden v England
27th July: Italy v England
29th July: England v Germany

Meanwhile, adding to her ever-growing number of accolades, Mo Marley has now joined the 'A' Team.

She recently undertook the second part of the Advanced Coaching Licence, and passed the course. She now becomes only the sixth female to attain the award. Marley will continue in her coaching role for the Blues this season, but realises she may still have to play a role on the pitch.

She is part of a three-pronged management team that will also consist of Kher husband, Keith, and Phil Hackney.

Hackney himself is an 'A' Licence coach and a Coach Educator for the Liverpool County F.A. He is also the Director of Coaching at the Everton F.C. Female Centre of Excellence.

He played a bit part last season but has now committed himself further. Hackney's involvement will mean that Everton are the only female club to operate under two 'A' Licence coaches. Keith Marley will also take temporary charge of the reserve side after Keith Cliffe stepped down at the end of last season.

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