After successfully leading the England U21 team to success at U21 Netball Europe earlier this year, Karen Greig has announced that she will be stepping down as Head Coach in April 2020.
Greig, who is also Head Coach of Vitality Netball Superleague (VNSL) team Manchester Thunder, has made the decision because of a conflict of schedules between the VNSL and International Netball Federation calendar.
The renowned coach commented: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as U21 Head Coach and am looking forward to supporting this team over the next few months before stepping down. It was not an easy decision but being unavailable for some major competitions and spreading myself so thinly would do these athletes a disservice, so I will be handing over the England reigns so that someone else can lead them to success at the Netball Youth World Cup in June 2021.
“I will always continue to support this team from the sidelines but conflicts between the U21 and VNSL calendar made continuing as Head Coach very difficult.”
Upon leaving the England set up Greig will continue to focus her efforts on Manchester Thunder, who earlier this year she saw crowned champions of the 2019 season.
Vladan Dragosavac, Performance Pathway Manager at England Netball, said: “We spent a long time working with Karen to try and come up with a solution to these challenges but unfortunately there is no room for adjustments at this time.
“Karen has made such a big impact during her time here to date and we are very sad to see her go, but understand that she has athletes and a whole team to support in the VNSL as well. We will work with Karen to ensure this role is left in safe hands going forward and would like to thank her for her dedication and commitment to the team so far. We will be very sad to see her leave the England set up.”
The vacancy for the role of England U21 Head Coach will become available for applications via the England Netball website later this month.