Sawiuk appointed Director of Football by Loughborough University
Written by Training Ground Guru — March 11, 2022
REBECCA SAWIUK has been appointed as the new Director of Football for Loughborough University.
Sawiuk replaces Richard Allen, the first person to hold the role, who departed in December after four years to become Senior Football Executive at Yokohama FC. The position involves reviewing the University’s football strategy, overseeing the delivery of international coaching programmes and 'leading the development of the football workforce of the future’.
Sawiuk is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire and will join Loughborough next month. She holds a Uefa A licence, the Advanced Youth Award and LMA Management Diploma, as well as a Bachelor of Arts and Master's degree in Sport Coaching.
She has worked at Regional Talent Centres, England Talent Camps, London Bees FC (Head Coach), Millwall Women (Manager), Oxford Girls Academy (Technical Director), Watford Football Club’s boys’ Academy (Lead Coach) and Head Coach of the BT Sport Ultimate Goal series.
“It’s a huge honour for me to be appointed to this prestigious post and I am really looking forward to starting my role as Director of Football,” Sawiuk said. “I have a real diverse portfolio of experience from within the world of football and higher education and these combined experiences will enable me to support our athletes as footballers and students.
“Loughborough is world-leading for sport, their commitment to sport performance and education is excellent. The campus and sport facilities are inspirational, and I am excited to work here, alongside some of the best athletes, coaches and academics in the world.
“The University has a strong identity, clear vision and embedded values that align with my own. “I think it’s important to highlight the brilliant work of Richard Allen and his achievements in the last four years, I really want to build upon this strong foundation and I’m really looking forward to working with the team – Jamie (Clapham), Issy (Martin), João (Almeida), Harriet (Simes) and Margaret (Folwell).
“Loughborough’s football offering continues to excel, and I really want to be a part of that and make a meaningful contribution to its continued success. When the opportunity arose to be a part of that rich history, I couldn’t say no.”