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The Julie Chipchase Coaching Conference

Continuing Chippy's Legacy

We were saddened to learn of Julie's passing last year – better known as ‘Chippy’ to those that knew her – having spent 15 years working for the The FA in various roles.

Her CV is a long list of achievements and accolades, having made her name with the legendary Doncaster Belles, winning the FA Cup as a player, and managing the side in the competition’s final in 2000 against Croydon.

Her affiliation with the club lasted right up until her passing, having performed virtually every role possible at the Belles since joining as a player in the 1970s, with her most recent role being director of football, while also sitting on the club’s board.

As well as the Belles, Chipchase went onto work with Leeds United and the England Women’s teams, being involved from U15s right through to the senior setup.

In her memory there will be a charity Coaching Conference to celebrate her fantastic work within West Riding and football to continue her legacy of developing both coaches and players.

Conference details:

  • Saturday 2nd July 2022
  • West Riding FA, Fleet Lane, Leeds, LS26 8NX
  • 9:30am - 3:30pm

On the day we have an unbelievable amount of talented coaches delivering including:

  • Emma Hayes - Chelsea Women's Manager
  • Gemma Grainger - Wales Women Manager 
  • Carla Ward - Aston Villa Women Manager 
  • Pav Singh - The FA Coach Development Officer 
  • Kelsey Byrne  - Women’s National Coach Development Officer
  • Emma Doone - Head Coach England Women Youth
  • Sally Needham - Academy Human Development and Performance Culture Lead at Sheffield United Academy

The full event is for the charity Breast Cancer UK, with coaches attending having to pay £5 to gain entry on the day.

Register your interest to attend the conference here

The conference will finish with a Doncaster Belles Legends vs Doncaster Belles fixture (3pm KO).

Doncaster Belles Legends Squad List

Nic Hobbs
Em Batty
Leandra Little
Sue Smith
Lauren Cresswell
Reanne Thomas
Tori Williams
Hope Knight
Sophie Walton
Ash Mills
Jemma Purfield
Sophie Barker
Lyndsey Harkin
Sam Tierney
Rhiannon Roberts
Bex Rayner
Lucy Sowerby
Vicky Exley

Doncaster Belles Squad List

Izzy Gigg
Eliza Bedford
Debbie Barry
Sidni Simmons
Natalie Banaszczyk
Alisha Atwood
Louisa Barraclough
Fearne McCormack
Lena Sykes
Jess Woods
Elyse Thornton
Phoebe Marrow
Amy Nowell
Fran Graff
Ellie Sharpe
Lauren Breen
Isabelle Travellion
Emily Cahill

Suzanne Smith, FA Regional Coach Development Officer (North East) and Conference Organiser, said "I am very excited to be holding this event in memory of our much loved friend and former FA colleague Julie Chipchase.

The inspiration Chippy gave me throughout my career, the belief in myself and where I am today within The FA is through Chippy's mentoring and time, and I believe many coaches will also feel like this.  

Chippy always wanted to talk football, and this event I hope will do just that.

Bringing, friends and coaches all together for a day of football, learning, development and remembering our much loved and missed Chippy is something I hope is something she will be looking down on, being proud and smiling.



The Julie Chipchase Coaching Conference

Register your interest here