Former Youth Coach Lewis Melee joins the Senior Women backroom team, a Bsc Honours Degree student studying Sport and Exercise at Abertay University, Dundee, will be aiding his coursework with hands-on experience under the watchful eye of Manager Debbi McCulloch and Head Coach Mike Ross.
The 19 year old has been involved at the Club since he was 8 years of age and continued to play in Spartans colours until he was 15.
His new role sees the teenager helping out at the three-times weekly training sessions when his studies allow and he’ll be involved in match-days with a focus on stats, analysis and input from the bench.
After hanging up the boots to concentrate on his studying, Lewis returned to the Academy, taking up Coaching and with the U/14s boys team, he went on to guide them towards winning the League Cup in his first year as coach.
From there he moved into Girls football, coaching the U/13s and latterly the U/17s girls where he gained his SFA Levels 1 & 3 Youth, Adult badges and Lewis is currently working towards his C Licence.
Lewis said, “At the end of 2013 I was offered the opportunity to work with the Seniors and I felt it too good an opportunity to pass up. I hope to take the skills and knowledge I have gleaned over the last few years with the Youths and develop these by working with Debbi and Mike.
He added, “I started coaching to get more of a kick out of the game and to help others gain the most out of their football experience. Being able to work alongside everyone involved with the SWPL team has given me an insight as to how much of a professional job that is done to ensure the best results on the park.
“I’m also excited about having the opportunity here to identify talent in the u/17s with a view to seeing those players earn their chance to move up the ranks.”
Spartans Chairperson Walter McGill said, “I’d like to welcome Lewis on his new adventure within the Seniors and look forward to seeing him play a key role during the forthcoming season.
“Having Lewis on board is a fantastic example of how the Club system is built to benefit players and coaches alike and rewards hard work and success.”