Amy Kington takes over running of Bristol City's Youth Academy set-up
Amy Kington has taken temporary charge of Bristol City's Academy set-up, while the club seeks a long-term replacement for Tim Kirk.
City's Community Trust director for the past 18 months, 30-year-old Kington will be responsibiley for all administration aspects of the club's youth structure.
Kington will carry out her new duties for a six month period, after which City expect to have found a successor to Kirk, who quit as Academy Director in October.
Kington previously worked as development manager at the Somerset FA and regional facilities and investment manager for the Football Association.
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The club is fully committed to achieving Category 2 status, with its audit due in April, and leadership from Kington on the operational side will be key to this process.
Martin Griffiths, chairman of Bristol Sport, said: "The work Amy and her team have being doing with the Community Trust has been remarkable as we look to reach out to as many youngsters in the local community as possible, spreading the message of Bristol City.
"Like the engagement work being undertaken by the Community Trust, our Academy and youth development is also one of the key pillars with which Bristol City Football Club will look to move forward in the years to come.
"Amy has already demonstrated fantastic leadership on the community front and now we're pleased that she has been able to move across and support the operational side of our youth development for the next six months, at a crucial time for the Academy."
Meanwhile, Rob Treacher has been appointed development manager of Bristol City Community Trust in the interim period during Kington's secondment to the Academy.
Treacher boasts more than two decades of experience in the community, working as a local teacher in physical education, as a strategic lead for South East Somerset School Sport Partnership, as well as being involved in national governing bodies of sport, community clubs and county sports partnerships.