Sheffield United Women have completed the capture of an important addition to the backroom staff as preparations continue ahead of the inaugural FA Women's Championship campaign.
Julie Grundy arrives as the Regional Talent Club general manager and assistant to general manager, Lee Walshaw. A Sheffielder, Julie joins from Doncaster Belles and will also act as support for United Women's manager, Carla Ward.
Highly respected in women's football locally and nationally, Julie assisted Neil Redfearn as Doncaster Rovers Belles won Women's Super League 2 last season - the previous title of the FA Women's Championship.
Blades women's boss, Carla Ward, commented: "This is a great addition for us as we look to keep progressing, on and off the pitch. Julie has years of experience, works with the FA and England and will be a great asset for us as we make our way in the FA Women's Championship, as well as helping to progress young talent coming through the RTC ranks."
United are one of only 34 clubs in England to have a licence from the FA to allow the club to run Regional Talent Club (RTC) centres for elite girls across four age groups (U10s, U12s, U14s and U16s). United's development programme has already produced a number of internationals, including Millie Bright, Ellie Roebuck, Sam Tierney, Jess Sigsworth, Beth England and Hannah Cain.
Julie said: "United's already established youth development programme has been developing young talented elite players for a number of years now, including Sam and Jess, who I had the pleasure of working with at Doncaster.
"The high expectations at United match my own and that was one of the reasons I agreed to join. The ethos and philosophy on where the club wants to go excites me and I hope my experience of working in the WSL for a number of years will help the club drive forward."