Women's Football

Dawn Scott to leave FA women's physical performance role

Jamie Spencer
Dawn Scott re-joined the FA in 2019 after four years with U.S. Soccer & the USWNT
Dawn Scott re-joined the FA in 2019 after four years with U.S. Soccer & the USWNT / Daniela Porcelli/Getty Images

Dawn Scott will leave her role as the FA’s Senior Women’s physical performance manager at the end of September, having spent most of the last two years working with the England team.

Scott had returned to the FA in 2019 after four years working with U.S. Soccer and the USWNT, playing a key role in their 2015 and 2019 World Cup triumphs. Prior to that, she had been at the FA for nine years as head of sports science and supported England’s run to the Euro 2009 final.

In addition to her work with England, Scott also supported Team GB at this summer’s Olympics.

She now leaves again to further her own career in pursuit of new opportunities in a management role with broader leadership responsibilities overseeing a multidisciplinary team.

“It has been a privilege to come back home and support England and Team GB over the past 20 months – the players have been brilliant to work with and I will miss those interactions," Scott said in a statement.

“Having worked in the field for over 20 years now, I am still passionate about supporting the growth of women’s football, as well as my own professional development.  I plan to take some time out and initially work on some exciting projects with FIFA aimed at developing physical performance strategies designed specifically for women.”

Baroness Sue Campbell, the FA director of women’s football, said that the FA respects Scott’s decision to move on and is grateful for the work she has done.

“Dawn’s impact on individual players has been immense,” Campbell said.

“Every player knows she has their performance and welfare at heart and her detailed preparation and execution are world class.

“We have been enormously privileged to have had Dawn work with us for the past two years. She is meticulous in her work and sets very high performance standards. Her care and concern for every player has been exceptional and we know they will miss her greatly.”

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