Swindon Town WFC are delighted to announce the appointment of Adam Wood as the club’s new under-16 manager.
Wood, who has 16 years of coaching experience under his belt, joins the club from Abingdon United where he won three trophies in four years – the Thames Valley Division One title (and thus promotion to tiers 5&6), the Thames Valley League Cup and the B&BFA Junior County Cup.
On joining the club, Wood said: “I live in Swindon and have done my entire life, I am a Swindon Town fan and until Covid hit I was a season ticket holder with the men’s side.
“A lot has changed in my personal life including expecting my third child so it came to a decision as to what I want and can realistically do going forward coaching wise.
“I currently was travelling to Abingdon (56 mile round journey) three to five times a week. When I saw that STWFC were recruiting I thought to myself this could be a great opportunity to get back into the hometown where I feel there is so much more to do in girls’ and women’s football.”
Wood has also won silverware at Oxford City Nomads, where he guided the club to a promotion and a Thames Valley League Cup during his stint between 2015 and 2017.
He added: “I feel confident that the women’s will soon be closer linked to the senior men’s setup and to be honest, I want to be a part of that but that aside having spoken in depth to the management I feel this club is going in the right direction and has great ambition especially after a tough few years.
“The under-16s gives me a good opportunity to help the future for STWFC whilst also giving me exposure to National League football. I can’t wait to get started and am very grateful to the committee and management for this opportunity!”
Wood also has experience in the boys’ game after starting his career at Shaw FC before making the switch to women’s football where he has also coached at the Swindon Spitfire’s under-12 through to under-16 level prior to his roles at Oxford City and Abingdon.
“I consider myself to be a coach and manager who likes things done professionally, however I encourage freedom and creativity in my players.
“I’m a mixed bag on the sideline, sometimes very energetic, other days I like to observe the action but what you will get from me is commitment, I am an all-in guy, no project is a side-step or stepping stone.
“I want this to be successful, it was an extremely hard decision to leave my old role, but most importantly I want these players to develop, enjoy and play to the best of their ability”
Vice chair of STWFC Mike Dixon said: “We are delighted to welcome Adam on board and feel that with his experience he is the ideal person to coach our new under-16s set up and see players enjoy their football and progress.”