Women prepare for Yeovil game
Oxford United are delighted to announce that Natasha Caswell will join the club's WSL first team coaching staff as an attacking coach. The former U's midfielder, who retired from playing last summer, will start working with the players after Easter, while continuing her current responsibilities with the under-17 and under-19 Academy sides.
Caswell joined United from Reading in 2011, helping the club to back-to-back titles in the Southern Region WFL and South West Combination, as well as reaching the fifth round of the FA Women's Cup in 2013. She made several appearances in the early stages of the 2014 WSL 2 season, before her retirement in May last year.
This season Caswell has coached the club's Girls' Centre of Excellence under-17s with great success, guiding them to the quarter-finals of the Girls' FA Youth Cup, as well as coaching the under-19 development squad.
Caswell said she can't wait to get stuck into her new role: “I'm delighted with the opportunity to work with the first team. I know the players and staff well and I'm excited to get started. The club has gone from strength to strength during my time here and I'm looking forward to being a part of that continuation."
General manager Richard Blackmore added: ”Long-term we believe the younger players coming through will benefit with Natasha coaching and underpinning our female philosophy within our Girls' under-17 Centre of Excellence team, our full-time under-19s/WSL Development team and now our first team.
“Natasha has had a successful time with Oxford United as a player, including our back-to-back promotions and our treble-winning year of 2011-12. She has a great deal of knowledge within the female game as a player and we know from her meetings with Les Taylor she can’t wait to get started.”
Natasha's first game will be this Sunday when United Women welcome Yeovil to Abingdon United (7pm)