"It's about identifying key players early, if they're interested, and trying to mentor them and get them the right qualifications. She led the team to consistent top five league finishes and the British Universities Championship final in 2014–15, but lost 1–0 to Hartpury University. University of Stirling's Shelley Kerr “It was a Japanese company with a disciplined and organised workforce and the culture gave me a great grounding. That season … Kerr, who holds a Uefa Pro Licence, is no stranger to success. "This is a university with serious people doing serious things and Shelley fits into that perfectly. Some sections of the media suggested the appointments were nothing but a publicity stunt. Interview: Shelley Kerr, Stirling University coach First woman to take charge of a British senior team is getting used to the attention. "Thankfully I haven't had that much abuse. "That helped stand her out. Returning to the game in her early thirties, she trained hard to win back her place in the Scotland team. Kerr took her first coaching course at the Inverclyde NTSC in 1989. She managed English FA WSL club Arsenal Ladies from February 2013 until June 2014 and won the FA Cup with Arsenal twice. She submitted her CV and was invited to interview, before being given the job ahead of 14 other candidates - all men. In 2017, Shelley was appointed manager of Scotland Women’s National Team and, earlier this year, led themto their first ever FIFA World Cup. "I'm confident enough and completely focused on helping the guys develop as players. ", appointed manager of the Wales women's team,". Edinburgh City became the first junior club to. But Gowrie is quick to dispel similar talk about Kerr's selection. quit her position at Arsenal Ladies in June. You should always reward the teams that have the right infrastructure in place and have ambitions to do better.". Shelley Kerr speaks to BBC Scotland's Jonathan Sutherland about her first season in charge of Lowland League side Stirling University. "She's been a youth national coach and had experience at Reading. "She has a desire to succeed, she's very knowledgeable and is well respected in the game at all levels.  As of 2019, she held Scottish national records for the oldest player (39 years, 15 days) and the longest span of appearances (19 years, 183 days between first and last caps).. "It's more about me doing the best job that I can.". A former Scottish international footballer, Ms Kerr amassed 59 international caps during a trophy-laden career, which spanned more than two decades. "She had experience of coaching at the highest level, including coaching in the Europa League, albeit in the women's game. In April 2017, Shelley was appointed Scotland Women's head coach and in September 2018, Shelley led the Scottish Women’s team to qualification for the World Cup for the first time which took place in France in 2019. Kerr's squad is chiefly made up of academy drop-outs, as required by the high-performance programme at the university. Edinburgh City became the first junior club to climb to League Two last season. "But I see myself as a football coach, nothing to do with male or female.". After a poor run of form which saw the club gain only one point from the opening four league matches of the 2014 season, exit the Champions League to Birmingham and suffer a shock loss to Reading in the League Cup, Kerr decided to resign. After accepting a provisional offer to study a Masters in Sports Management at the University of Stirling, Kerr learned the job of manager of the university football team was about to be advertised. After Kerr's playing career took her to Doncaster Rovers Belles, then back to Scotland with Hibernian, she took over as Hibs' player–coachunder manager Maggie Wilson in 2007–08. In August 2014, Shelley became the first female manager in British men's senior football when she was appointed manager of Stirling University, competing in the Lowland League. Last updated on 18 October 201418 October 2014.From the section Football. "The match is a measure for the players," Kerr told BBC Scotland.  Kerr and Grant scored in the Belles' 2–0 win over Bristol City to help the club avoid relegation.  The club under her management won the FA Women's Cup and Continental Cup and finished third in the league during the 2013 season. Kerr's experience of managing in Scotland's fifth tier seems to be going well, but Gowrie believes it may only be the first step for her.  Prior to the home fixture against Ukraine at McDiarmid Park in May 2008, presentations were made to Kerr, Megan Sneddon and Suzanne Grant who had all reached the milestone of 50 appearances for their country. Shelley Kerr became the first female head coach of a men's British senior team. She competed as a defender for Kilmarnock, Doncaster Rovers Belles, Hibs and Spartans –and won every domestic honour in Scotland. Read about our approach to external linking. Kerr praised the revamp of the Challenge Cup, which gives Highland and Lowland League teams, like Stirling University, the opportunity to pit their wits against more illustrious opposition. "It would be no surprise to me if a bigger senior club came in for her within two or three years," said Gowrie. In August 2014, Shelley became the first female manager in British men's senior football when she was appointed manager of Stirling University, competing in the Lowland League. And she does not anticipate any difficulties arising from being the first female manager at this level. She led Arsenal to an FA Women's Cup and Continental Cup double in 2013, and a second FA Cup in 2014. "For some of the players, it's the first time they've been away from home. Kerr, who will begin studying for a MSc in Sports Management at the university, was a player-manager at Kilmarnock, Hibernian and Spartans women's teams and had a four-year spell leading Scotland's Under-19s before Arsenal enlisted her.  Kerr's final game in charge of Arsenal was the 2014 FA Women's Cup final which her team won 2–0 against Everton. , Kerr stopped playing football for around nine years, during which she gave birth to her daughter. "Edinburgh City have reaped the rewards; their promotion sends out a huge message to Highland and Lowland League teams that it can be done. By KEVAN CHRISTIE Wednesday, 20th August 2014, 8:40 am "For me females need to have female role models and I hope I can be one.". Kerr and her players could be forgiven for being dazzled by the media glare that has come their way since she took control but, in fact, so far it is a story of success. "That's the beauty of succession planning, where you can try and bridge that gap and put a programme in place to get to that level.". "I was a bit surprised at first, but since she's been here she's been very good," said striker Chris Geddes, who has scored 10 goals since Kerr took charge. As a manager, Kerr gained experience at Kilmarnock, Hibernian and Spartans while progressing through the Scottish Football Association's (SFA) Long-term Player Development pathway, eventually taking charge of the Scotland women's under-19 national team in 2009. Scotland's first-ever female senior manager was also keen to highlight the benefits of the pyramid structure in Scottish football, where teams like hers can earn promotion to the Scottish Professional Football League. , Kerr was awarded the UEFA Pro Licence in January 2013. "Kelly Smith at Arsenal has done a fantastic job combining playing and coaching," she said. Kerr took her first coaching course at the Inverclyde NTSC in 1989. , Following her comeback, Kerr later intended to quit national team duty after a tour of Cyprus in 2007, but was persuaded by coach Anna Signeul to return for the UEFA Women's Euro 2009 qualifying campaign. She won 59 caps for Scotland between 1989 and 2008, scoring three goals. breaking down a barrier some thought would never fall. University of Stirling She also received an MBE in 2019. She was listed as a Heart of Midlothian LFC player. I didn't score many goals in the first few games so she must be helping me as a player.".  After Kerr's playing career took her to Doncaster Rovers Belles, then back to Scotland with Hibernian, she took over as Hibs' player–coach under manager Maggie Wilson in 2007–08. "Jayne Ludlow has been appointed manager of the Wales women's team," Kerr added. Stirling Since becoming the first woman to manage a British senior men's team, Shelley Kerr has been described as a pioneer and trailblazer. Former Portugal international Helena Costa became the first woman to manage a professional men's team in the top two tiers of European football when she took control at French second division side Clermont Foot in May. So those kinds of things need to be done to progress female coaching.". Ms Kerr managed Spartans, Scotland under-19s and Arsenal Ladies before taking over the reins at the University of Stirling Men’s First Team in 2014 –becoming the first woman in the UK to manage a senior men’s side. "Everyone, no matter who they are or where they are, want to work at the highest level and I'm no different.". "Clearly it's interesting and clearly it's news but for us she's the right person for the job," he said. Ms Kerr managed Spartans, Scotland under-19s and Arsenal Ladies before taking over the reins at the University of Stirling … Shelley Kerr talks about a university close to her heart, remembers her first day taking charge of a mens' team and gives advice to graduates starting their career. During her playing career Kerr won every domestic honour in Scotland and played in the UEFA Women's Cup. Since becoming the first woman to manage a British senior men's team, Shelley Kerr has been described as a pioneer and trailblazer. Shelley Kerr speaks to BBC Scotland's Jonathan Sutherland about her first season in charge of Lowland League side Stirling University.  In May 2001, Kerr was named in coach Vera Pauw's Scotland squad for a friendly with the Netherlands at Almondvale Stadium. The University of Stirling has made history by appointing Shelley Kerr as the first female manager in British men’s senior football. The 44-year-old quit her position at Arsenal Ladies in June, having won three trophies in a 16-month reign. “It was a results-driven business. "It doesn't faze me one bit," she said. Kerr, who holds a Uefa Pro Licence, is no stranger to success. She was replaced by ex-France captain Corinne Diacre before she had taken charge of a match. Kerr believes foundations can be put in place to help women build careers as managers. 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