Ciara Picco and JVW Girls are now history!
Picco joined JVW in 2016 and led the club, owned by Banyana Banyana defender Janine van Wyk to the Sasol National Championship title in 2019.
With Picco in charge, JVW became the first team to gain promotion to the Hollywoodbets Super League. The Bedfordview club concluded their maiden season in fourth place with an impressive return of 16 victories in 26 matches. They were also the first club in the league to walk away with a point against Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies, ending the African champions’ impressive 27-match winning run.
The 2020 Ekurhuleni Women in Sports Awards Coach of the Year, Picco, will be heading to England, London, to take up a role in the medical field.
In an interview with FARPost, Picco revealed that she is returning to the medical and wellness field and will be jetting off to London on Tuesday, 25 January. “I have a job lined up starting in February as a Therapy Support Worker at Royal Free London NHS. It is an opportunity to further myself professionally,” she said.
Picco is pleased with her accomplishments at JVW and stated that she is not done yet in women’s football.
“And with the unavailability to earn a living in women’s football here in SA, I’ve taken the choice to grow some stability again before taking on bigger goals in football. I expect to grow for a period away from the game, but it’s certainly not forever,” added Picco.
“From joining the club in the 2016 season, I’ve really been challenged within my role and feel very proud of the service I have given the club and the individuals of the first team.
“I’ve gained sisters in players, brothers in staff. It’s been truly amazing. I feel comfortable standing here and saying yes, I’ve achieved my goals. Granted, at times mandates and results may not always align, but I base my success on the bigger picture and our achievements as a whole,” concluded Picco.