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Staff Update: London City Lionesses announce technical and backroom appointments

Updated: Mar 10, 2023

Nikita Runnacles, London City Lionesses
Nikita Runnacles, London City Lionesses

Princes Park, Dartford – London City Lionesses are proud to announce seven backroom staff adjustments as the Club continues to develop its workforce in the Barclays Women’s Championship.

Interim Head Coach Nikita Runnacles has finalised four technical department appointments, with Kevin de Keijzer, Luke Thomas-Arayo, Kim Dixson, and Jenny Bindon joining #ThePride.

De Keijzer joins London City as First Team Strength & Conditioning Coach, which will see him work closely with Head of Performance Lizzie Fluke and Lead Sports Therapist Laura Clint at the crossover point between the technical and medical departments.

De Keijzer, a trilingual speaker of English, Italian, and Spanish, arrives at Princes Park after three years with Ipswich Town Women and the Essex Football Association.

Thomas-Arayo, who joined London City in July 2021 as Development Squad Coach, steps into a new as Interim First Team Assistant Coach.

Formerly of West Ham United, Charlton Athletic, and Barking Abbey College, Thomas-Arayo will continue to oversee London City’s youth system in addition to his senior squad responsibilities.

Bindon and Dixson will support the technical department on a part-time basis, both as Interim First Team Assistant Coaches.

Bindon, a 77-cap international goalkeeper for New Zealand, arrives in England after a six-year spell in the NCAA as a Head Coach, Assistant Coach, and Goalkeeper Coach.

Dixson joins London City after a two-decade run with Charlton Athletic, which saw her captain the team to second division promotion and play a pivotal role in shaping the South London Club’s Regional Talent Centre.

The Pride has also completed three off-field appointments.

Rachel Harris joined London City as Commercial & Marketing Manager in February 2023 and is tasked with developing the Club’s portfolio of partnership and sponsorship agreements.

Marketing & Communications Officer Luke James joined London City in December 2022 and is responsible for the day-to-day media operations of the Club.

Operations Coordinator Leslie Cheung, who arrived from Chelsea F.C. in October 2022, supports London City’s players and technical staff on a day-to-day basis at Princes Park.

If you would like to join the capital’s only independent professional women’s football club, please check the vacancies section of our website.

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The article on London City Lionesses' website heralds a pivotal moment for the club. It underscores their commitment to bolstering the team with strategic appointments, enhancing both technical expertise and operational efficiency. This announcement is akin to a well-crafted content creation and marketing strategy, where each appointment serves as a cornerstone in building a stronger foundation for success. By strengthening their backroom staff, the club not only aims to improve on-field performance but also to elevate their brand presence and community engagement. It's a promising step towards achieving long-term goals and fostering a culture of excellence.

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