Ripon City AFC are pleased to announce the appointment of David Cope as Football Development Manager. David has been Manager of Littletown FC most recently and brings a wealth of experience from his involvement with clubs at NCEL level. David’s current role is with Leeds United Development which he will continue alongside his role at Ripon City. The Club will be looking to embed David and his coaching team over the next couple of months in preparation for the 2018/19 season. The Club is delighted with the appointment and is aiming for promotion next season. Here are David’s thought about the future of Ripon City AFC: "I would like to begin by saying what a great motivation it is to Manage /Coach this team and hopefully take the Club onto the next level. I will be very demanding of the squad but I will be just as demanding of myself. Many of the Players don’t know me, so we will use the next few months to form the group, a family and outline my coaching philosophy, vision, expectations to be embraced by all the Coaches involved to ensure all our players enjoy being on the pitch in games and training sessions. I am now working on a development plan for next season (2018/2019) with a list of initiatives and targets that will grow the club to the highest level. I look forward to working with everyone associated with the Club and welcome all enthusiastic input."