Lisa Bell: 10 Years With Newcastle United Foundation
Lisa Bell has been with Newcastle United Foundation since April 2009. Lisa is the Foundation’s Women and Girls Development Officer and General Manager of Newcastle United Women. Lisa was previously a football coach at the Newcastle Football Development Scheme at Newcastle City Council before it merged with the Foundation in 2009. Lisa also played for and captained Newcastle United Women from 1989 to 2008.
What is your earliest football memory?
Playing football with my mam when I was six or seven outside the house.
What did you want to be growing up?
A PE teacher. But I am glad I took this route instead!
How did you get into playing football?
When I was at Cragside Primary School there was a school tournament and I was picked as player of the tournament. Back there was no options for girls to join junior teams like there is now. I carried on playing at school until I was 16 and spotted by a teacher called Christine Hutchinson (the first woman from the North East to represent England) who invited me to join Wallsend Ladies. Wallsend Ladies became Whitley Bay Ladies who then became Newcastle United Women in 1989.
Who was your football hero?
My idols were always Ian Wright and Paul Gascoigne. There weren’t as many female players to look up to back then but now it is Steph Houghton who both plays for and captains Manchester City and England Women.
What did you do before you worked for the Foundation?
I worked for the Newcastle Football Development Scheme run by Newcastle City Council from 2003 until it became part of the Foundation in 2009, alongside people like Neil Winskill, Ben Dawson, Steve Beharall, Neil Baistow and Rob Atkin. Before that I was a Post Woman.
What was been your highlights over the last 10 years?
So many! The Premier Skills trip to Zambia was an unbelievable experience. Our Girls Player Development Centre playing on the pitch at St James’ Park a few years back, going to Wimbledon with Premier League for Sport. Getting involved again with Newcastle United Women.
What are you most proud of in your 10 years at the Foundation?
That our Girls Player Development Centre is still running and stronger than ever.
What do you miss about playing football?
The banter with the other girls. I don’t miss putting our own nets up!
What are you working on right now?
We have a big girls’ festival this week with 24 schools taking part plus lots of activity planned for the Easter holidays.
What would be your dream job if you didn’t work for the Foundation?
A football commentator – either in the women’s or men’s game. That way I could watch football for a living every day.
Newcastle United Women now have their own website! Click here to find out more about the team.
You can find out more about our Women & Girls football programmes here.
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