New manager for Ilkley Town AFC women’s team


Sam Holmshaw new first team manager of Ilkley Town Women’s team

Ilkley Town AFC are delighted to announce the appointment of Sam Holmshaw as new first team manager of Ilkley Town Women’s team.


Sam will be Joined by Assistant manager Ethan Holmshaw, as well as Assistant Coaches Carla Bool and Simon Holmshaw, making up the management team. The ambitious club are looking to develop girls and women’s football to the next level.


Girls football at Ilkley has never been stronger. There are more than 120 girls playing for Ilkley Town from 8 years old up to 16 years old. There are a group of coaches committed to developing girls’ football. The AW Elite development centre provides extra training on Tuesday evenings for girls that want to develop further. The club has this year launched a girls sixth form football scholarship program in partnership with St Mary’s School. This provides an excellent pathway for the women’s team who currently play in the West Yorkshire first division.


Sheffield born, Sam will take the women’s team on to the next step in their journey. He will work with the club in supporting girls moving from the junior to senior ranks. Sam has built up valuable experience coaching football for 8 years, working at grassroot, amateur and academy settings. Sam is currently studying a master’s degree in Sports Coaching at Leeds Beckett university and currently runs ‘The Sports Coaching Podcast’ conversing with sports coaches all around the world.


Sam’s most recent role was managing the Old Centralians Women’s first team. Sam has spoken of the experience the role has given him:


“It was a really good experience. I learnt about the development from coaching kids, to then managing adults which was then more focussed on the people management side. I feel this is one of my strengths.