ENGLAND and Birmingham City Ladies winger Karen Carney is to take on the role of ambassador for Solihull Moors’ youth and junior development structure.
The move complements her new position as Performance Consultant at First Team level - Karen has already been involved in providing manager Marcus Bignot with valuable analysis over the past season, which has resulted in this official appointment.
Karen made her first team début for Blues in 2001 aged just 14 and her international début in 2005, coming off the bench to score the fourth goal against Italy. She joined Arsenal in 2006, winning four trophies in her first season as well as also winning the UEFA Women’s Cup.
A League and FA Cup double followed the next season, before she was snapped up by US side Chicago Red Stars in 2009, with whom she stayed until the league folded in 2011.
She returned to Birmingham City, winning the FA Women’s Cup in 2012, scoring an equaliser then scoring again in the shoot-out and being named Player of the Match.
A mainstay of the England side for eight years, she’s won 77 caps and scored 14 goals. Karen was part of the Great Britain Women’s Olympic Football Team at London 2012 as they reached the quarter-finals.
“I am thrilled to be the ambassador for the youth and junior development of Solihull Moors and very honoured to be part of the club’s fantastic new vision for junior football in the local community,” she said.
“I started off at Solihull Borough girls who have now merged with Solihull Moors, so I know how important youth football is for the future. Grassroots football is about the kids having fun, learning and developing and hopefully progressing through the performance pathway at the club, all the way to the first team.