Emile Heskey’s involvement with Leicester City Football Club Women will expand effective immediately. The former City player had previously spent the last year in an ambassadorial role for Leicester City women and was also tasked with supporting the women’s team in a player mentoring role.
The club announced today that this role will expand with Heskey being appointed head of Women’s Football Development at Leicester City. The role was made vacant after the departure of Russ Fraser to Liverpool Football Club.
Heskey will be working alongside General Manager Jade Morgan. The new role will also allow him to further his education as part of his UEFA Executive Master for International Players programme.
Prior to entering into football management Heskey had over 500 Premier League appearances and scored 110 goals, having started his career at the Leicester City Academy. He also has 62 caps for England. Speaking of the appointment Heskey stated:
“This is a fantastic opportunity. I’ve loved every minute of working with LCFC Women in the last year. We have a strong infrastructure of staff, a talented squad of players and excellent backing from the Club to go on and make a sustained impact on the women’s game.
“Susan (LCFC Chief Executive) in particular has been a real driver in this, taking the decision to host matches at King Power Stadium to increase exposure and to move the women’s team into Belvoir Drive to give us an elite facility in which to operate every day.
“The Club has made a lot of progress in a short period of time since turning professional, which means we have some work to do to make sure our progress is sustainable. Through ensuring we have appropriate guidance and support in place for our players and staff, I’m confident we’ll achieve that and successfully establish the Club among the leading teams in the women’s game.”
This is the second year of the professional era for Leicester City Women, having made the change ahead of their winning 2020-21 Championship season. At present they are currently tenth in the ladder.