Gemma Donnelly is the manager of Blackburn Rovers Ladies in the FA Women’s Championship. She is also the head of women’s and girls’ football at the club.
One of the longest serving members of staff at Rovers, Gemma joined the club in 2004, starting out with the Blackburn Rovers Community Trust as the women’s and girls’ development officer. In her time at the club she has coached all of the age groups.
She took charge of the first-team in November 2013, initially on a temporary basis. She secured the club’s FA Women’s Premier League status that season and the following campaign she guided her newly remodelled team to a third place finish in the FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division.
Since then, Donnelly has delivered three consecutive league titles and back-to-back League Cup trophies, as well as securing the club’s promotion into the second tier of women’s football.