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New Year and a new challenge for FA recruit Dr Pippa Grange

4 January 2018

New Year and a new challenge for FA recruit Dr Pippa Grange

Dr Pippa Grange - started work with The FA this week © Cotton On Group

Dr Pippa Grange has this week started work at The FA tasked with changing the culture and mindset of England teams, and increasing their “psychological resilience” to the pressure of winning critical matches.

Pippa, 47, became one of the most senior woman appointed by the Football Association across the men's game when she was confirmed as Head of People and Team Development last November.

Speaking at the time of her appointment she said: “I’m excited to be joining the FA at such a pivotal time in the journey and humbled by the opportunity to contribute to a forward-thinking and determined organisation.”

Based at St George’s Park, Pippa will work with all 16 men’s and women’s teams, and coaches, staff and players.

Originally from Harrogate in North Yorkshire, the 47-year-old moved to Australia in 1996, where she has lived until now, and was a key figure in the players’ association for the country’s native football code.

She holds a doctorate in applied psychology and specialises in improving all aspects of a team’s performance, and she was part of the review of Australia’s national swimming federations after their surprise failures at the 2012 Olympics.

A Loughborough University graduate and a former women’s basketball player in the National League, Pippa came to prominence in Australian sport as the general manager of culture and leadership at the AFL’s player association.

She later worked as a consultant to AFL clubs and also in businesses outside of sport, via her own consultancy.

 

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