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Changes to academy and development setup

23 July 2020

Norwich City can confirm changes to the club’s academy and development setup.

Steve Weaver will now take on a new role as the club’s head of football development, responsible for all academy football development across the club. Weaver will also now take charge of, and oversee, City’s Under-18 side.

Following Weaver’s promotion and new role, Jen Rice [pictured below] has now been appointed as the club’s new academy manager.

Rice joins City from Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers, where she spent a total of 12 years working in the club’s academy, most recently in the role of academy operations manager.


Sporting director Stuart Webber told “The success of the academy since Steve arrived in 2017 has been clear for all to see. This promotion recognises the outstanding work that Steve and the rest of academy staff have delivered over that period.

“We’re delighted to welcome Jen, who has joined to manage the off-pitch running of the academy. That will enable Steve and the academy’s football department to focus even more on producing and developing the next generation of players in our thriving academy.”

Following her appointment, Rice said: “It’s a big move and change, but I’m delighted to have joined what is a forward-thinking and innovative club.

“I’ve spent a lot of time working at Wolves, but this is a new role that involves working very closely with Steve Weaver and the existing academy team."

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