Julie 2

The Julie Chipchase Coaching Conference

West Riding FA will be hosting the event on Saturday 2nd July 2022

We were saddened to learn of Julie's passing last year – better known as ‘Chippy’ to those that knew her – having spent 15 years working for the The FA in various roles.

Her CV is a long list of achievements and accolades, having made her name with the legendary Doncaster Belles, winning the FA Cup as a player, and managing the side in the competition’s final in 2000 against Croydon.

Her affiliation with the club lasted right up until her passing, having performed virtually every role possible at the Belles since joining as a player in the 1970s, with her most recent role being director of football, while also sitting on the club’s board.

As well as the Belles, Chipchase went onto work with Leeds United and the England Women’s teams, being involved from U15s right through to the senior setup.

In her memory, West Riding FA will be hosting a charity Coaching Conference to celebrate her fantastic work within West Riding and football, to continue her legacy of developing both coaches and players.

Conference details:

Saturday 2nd July 2022
West Riding FA, Fleet Lane, Leeds, LS26 8NX
9:30am -3:30pm

On the day, an unbelievable amount of talented coaches will be delivering, including:

Gemma Grainger  - Wales National Manager 
Carla Ward – WSL Manager 
Pav singh – The FA Coach Development Officer 
Kelsey Byrne  - Women’s National Coach Development Officer
Emma Doone – National Head Coach
Sally Needham – Academy Human Development and Performance Culture Lead.
The conference will finish with a Doncaster Belles Legends fixture.

The full event is for the charity Breast Cancer UK, with coaches attending having to pay £5 to gain entry on the day.


Suzanne Smith, FA Regional Coach Development Officer (North East) and Conference Organiser, said "I am very excited to be holding this event in memory of our much loved friend and former FA colleague Julie Chipchase.

"The inspiration Chippy gave me throughout my career, the belief in myself and where I am today within The FA is through Chippy's mentoring and time, and I believe many coaches will also feel like this.  

"Chippy always wanted to talk football, and this event I hope will do just that.

"Bringing, friends and coaches all together for a day of football, learning, development and remembering our much loved and missed Chippy is something I hope is something she will be looking down on, being proud and smiling."