Team behind the team: meet the staff at Sarina Wiegman’s English backroom | Women’s Euro 2022

Arjan Veurink (assistant coach)

Veurink was brought in to be Sarina Wiegman’s assistant with the Netherlands women’s team after battling in the league with her while managing women’s teams FC Twente and ADO Den Haag respectively. Wiegman won the league in 2012 and the Dutch Cup in 2012 and 2013 before joining the national team in 2014 as an assistant. Veurink beat Wiegman to the title in 2013 and retained it for the next three seasons, also winning the Cup in 2015. They forged a formidable partnership, guiding the Netherlands to a first European Championship trophy in 2017 at home and towards the 2019 World Cup Final.

Arjan Veurink (left) and Geraint Twose, Sarina Wiegman’s assistant coaches, lay down for a training session. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

Germanyaint Twose (assistant coach)

Spent 17 years with Cardiff City, much of it as assistant academy manager. He was recruited by the FA in 2013 and has since been an educator of youth coaches, supporting clubs. Twose also spent eight months as England men’s under-15 head coach and has been in the senior women’s squad for over five years, including at Euros 2017 and the 2019 World Cup. Supported Team GB during the Tokyo Olympics.

Darren Ward (goalkeepercoach)

The former Wales international worked for Sheffield United before taking over last year. At United he coached Dean Henderson and is credited with helping him secure an England call-up. Henderson told the Sheffield Star that Ward – who made most of his appearances for Notts County and Nottingham Forest – was “the best goalkeeper coach I have ever worked with”.

England goalkeeping coach Darren Ward with Mary Earps during training.
England goalkeeping coach Darren Ward with Mary Earps during training. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

Ritan Mehta (Lead Women’s Performance Physician and Team Physician)

Worked in football for 14 years, starting at Barnet as club doctor and head of medical services in 2008. Mehta has since worked for the FA as a roving team doctor for the men’s and women’s development teams, as a club doctor at Watford and is currently also a club doctor at Reading. He has worked with the senior women’s team since 2014 and is a sports and exercise medicine consultant at Fortius Clinic and Centennial Medical Care.

Martin Evans (Head of Physical Performance Pathway)

Worked in rugby and cycling before joining the FA in 2017. Early in his career he worked in strength and conditioning with Cardiff Blues Academy and Glamorgan Wanderers. Evans spent six months with the Welsh Rugby Union working with the Under-20 side and three years working for Sport Wales. Between 2011 and 2017 he was a strength and conditioning coach with British Cycling.

Kate Hays (Head of Performance Psychology)

The sports psychologist has been working for more than 20 years in various sports. She was with British Diving for 11 years and worked with Harlequins Rugby Club from 2011 to 2014. Hays was Head of Performance Psychology for Sport981, which provides performance training services for athletes, clubs and other organisations, and worked for the English Institute of Sport for over seven years before joining the FA in 2021.

Sarina Wiegman applauds the England players as well as members of her team behind the scenes, including Dr Kate Hays (third from left)
Sarina Wiegman and her behind-the-scenes team, including Dr Kate Hays (third from left), applaud the England players. Photography: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Anja van Ginhoven (General Manager)

A player in the Netherlands before starting to work in communication. She was media manager for the Netherlands Football Association for two years from 1998 and joined as media manager for the women’s national team in 2018, working sandwiched across multiple locations including Dutch broadcaster NOS. and Discovery. Last year, she partnered with Wiegman again, taking on the role of general manager at the head coach’s request.

Kay Cossington (Women’s Technical Lead)

Worked in women’s football for the FA for over 17 years. Cossington was manager of West Ham’s women’s team from 1999 to 2005, then spent around four years as technical director with Millwall Lionesses. She managed the UK Universities and College Sport GB team and is a mentor coach and consultant for Fifa and UEFA respectively. She has coached various women’s national youth teams and has been with the FA for almost 15 years, taking over as women’s technical role in 2017.

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