Dan Lawlor

Manager Dan Lawlor adds two new additions to his backroom staff ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.

Peterborough United Women are delighted to announce that Dave Copson has been appointed as the new assistant manager for the 2022/23 season following the departure of Anthony Rigby last month.

Ammar Qadeer has also been promoted as the first team coach ahead of the upcoming campaign, while Lawlor will continue to be aided by Goalkeeper Coach James Tranter and Fitness Coach Alex Pain.

Copson has over a decade of experience in the sport, previously coaching at Brampton Sports, Godmanchester Town and Peterborough United. He was recently the Head Coach at St Ives Scholarship, teaching and coaching the U18 and U19 age groups, and Lawlor is excited to have him on board for the new campaign.

Lawlor said: “Dave is an experienced coach who has been in the game for years. His tactical knowledge and the theoretical aspects he brings to the women's game will be massive for us to continue to move forward. He’s a great guy who I have no doubt the players will respect and will help the squad progress. We’re all delighted to have him on board.”

Copson said: “Having watched the first team achieve their objectives last season, I’m delighted to have been offered this opportunity to join the team and provide further support to the players and staff. I look forward to meeting the players and working hard to achieve our new goals in an extremely challenging and demanding league.”

“I have been involved in the sport for over a decade, working in youth football, where I have predominantly focused on developing players' technical abilities and tactical knowledge, so hopefully I can provide that alongside Dan this season at the club.”

Qadeer was part of the Posh Women set-up last season after he was appointed as the Development Squad manager back in March and helped the team secure survival in their debut season at East Midlands Women’s Regional Football League level, with Shaun Harley now replacing Qadeer as the manager for the 2022/23 campaign.

Alongside taking up his new role as the first team coach at Posh Women for the upcoming campaign, Qadeer is currently the analyst for successful local club Peterborough Sports and was part of Jimmy Dean's coaching staff that achieved promotion last season.

Lawlor said: “I know Ammar very well. He’s reliable and will bring something different to the squad. He’s got his relevant badges and has great ideas. He’s a good guy who loves football, so I'm really glad to have him on board with us.”

Qadeer said: “I want to say a huge thank you to Bobby and Dan for giving me this opportunity. I’m delighted to join up with the first team for the upcoming season and look forward to supporting this talented side as they enter their second season in the National League.”

“I would also like to express my thanks to the development squad for their commitment and effort in my short spell and wish them every success under Shaun ahead of the new campaign."