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Smith departs City Women

City Women can confirm Lauren Smith has left the club, to take up a new role with the Welsh FA as assistant coach to the women’s senior side.

Smith, 29, joined the Vixens in 2010 as Under-14 coach. In 2014, Smith was made a full time employee becoming the club’s 9-19 technical director and First Team assistant coach.

Alongside her City Women role, Smith also oversaw the Development Squad and SGS College female women’s football side.

A promising young coach, Smith has enjoyed huge success during her time with the club, most notably City Women's return to WSL 1 winning the Development League in June, beating Arsenal in the final and winning the ESFA Cup in May last year.

On the news that Smith will be moving to pastures new, Willie Kirk thanked her for her contribution: “I think I will echo everyone at the club in saying what a big loss this will be, Smithy puts her heart and soul into everything that she does and I am thankful for her contribution.

“This is an exciting opportunity and one she couldn't turn down working at the Welsh FA, where she resides and I truly wish her the best.”

After seven years with the club, Smith is incredibly proud of what she has achieved: “I’m incredibly proud to have been a part of the club for the past seven years.

“It has been a great opportunity to work with players across all age groups in both development and competitive environments.

“I want to thank the staff, players, club members, fans and the parents who have supported me in my role and I wish everyone at the club all the best for the season and for the future.”

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