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Meet Natasha Orchard-Smith, the highest-ranking female coach in men’s football (UK)

NATASHA ORCHARD-SMITH took a punt when she decided to take over Arseley Town to become the highest ranking female coach in the men’s game.

Relegated from the Isthmian League to the ninth tier of English football, the owners of the Bedfordshire club needed to do something radical, so they hired a woman boss.

Orchard-Smith was coaching the kids at Arsenal at the time, and Arseley decided she was the ideal candidate to get them back on track.

But the 47-year-old never set out to be a trailblazer, she simply started coaching her son George’s team who is now part of pop trio New Hope Club and moved through the youth coaching ranks from there.

She exclusively told SunSport: “The new management team asked me if I was interested in coming over.

“I took some time to think about and decided ‘why not’.

“I was thinking about what the players would think of me, that was my worry, how would they accept me, would they listen and respect me?

“I’d primarily worked with youth players before, so to work in the men’s game was completely different.

“For me, it was a question of whether I stayed in the comfort zone and get better at working with youth players, or do I leave and go and work with men and try a new experience outside my comfort zone as a coach?

“It took me a few weeks to decide as it was a big decision for me to make.”



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