Hull City Ladies are delighted to welcome Bob Wilkinson and Laurie McGinley to the club.

The club continues to go strength to strength on and off the field and we are pleased to announce that Bob and Laurie have joined the Tigresses, Bob is our new Girls Elite Academy Manager and Laurie is our new Foundation Manager.

The Girls Elite Academy will launch very soon, the Academy will be for U16’s, U14’s, U12’s and U10’s and will create opportunities for girls in the region to develop, empower & achieve.

Keep your eyes peeled on our site and our social media channels for full information on the Academy.

Bob is a FA Licensed Coach and has been a UEFA B/Level 3 since 2007/08 being involved with football as a player, coach and licensed referee for many years in both the North East and Yorkshire. He is currently doing his UEFA A Licence Diploma and also his UEFA A Elite Youth Licence.

Bob truly believes that every moment matters in coaching and is passionate about long term player development of all age groups, both male and female, both outfield and goalkeeper and always with the intention to develop players to their best of their ability and beyond, from grassroots to elite and hopefully onto future elite professional football, together with his own continuous personal development.

Bob Wilkson said: “The Hull City Ladies Academy vision, structure and philosophy excites me and I am really looking forward to passing on my knowledge, experience and coaching delivery for the seasons ahead, to be part of this holistic team, to develop every player I can, to build and promote an Elite Girls Academy for the area and to pursue a positive and successful future for everyone concerned.”

We have done fantastic work in the community and run popular after school clubs, futsal sessions, and half-term camps. This helps to promote increased participation and retention in the female game

We look forward to continuing our excellent work in the community and schools, when it’s safe to do so. The appointment of Laurie will help the Tigresses in continuing and improving the work we do and to keep providing people opportunities to improve, evolve and grow.

Laurie is a UEFA Licensed coach with over 13 years experience working with youth and children of grassroots to elite levels. I have worked as a head of youth, 1st team head coach and also represented Scotland’s National team in disability CP football winning over 40 caps. 

Laurie is dedicated to helping young players develop and improve. He is constantly learning about football management and mindset. He currently has an Advanced Children’s Licence and a wealth of experience working in Scotland. Previously he has worked for Glasgow Girls and Women FC as their Football Development Officer, helping develop children from 3-16 years old with football and life skills. He has also worked at Airdrie Ladies FC as First Team Head Coach.

Laurie said: “I’m looking forward to working with the excellent team at Hull City Ladies FC as their foundation manager. Developing the skills of talented Children and youth players is something I am extremely passionate about.”

Managing Director, Danny Johnson said:

“I’m absolutely delighted to finally welcome both Bob and Laurie to Hull City Ladies Football Club. We had so many high calibre applicants for the roles and I would like to thank all those that applied. 

Bob and Laurie both join the club with impressive CV’s and a wealth of experience in football and in particular within Women and Girls football. It’s very clear that they have so much passion for the Women and Girls game and to continue in developing players and I look forward to introducing them to everyone associated to our club. They, like me are very excited about the future and I’m in no doubt that they will both play an instrumental part in the future development for Women and Girl’s football across the region”.

Bob Wilkinson
Laurie McGinley