March 8th, 2008 (Reuters) – Chelsea midfielder Melanie Leupolz has nothing to praise her club for after her pregnancy. They even hired specialists for her training.
The agreement between the Football Association (PA) and Professional Footballers Association, which came into effect in the 2022-23 season, provides maternity coverage for players of the English Women’s Super League.
Leupolz was not able to announce her pregnancy in 2022, but she is thankful for the support Chelsea and Emma Hayes provided.
Leupolz said that Chelsea had done more than they were required to, and that’s why he’s really grateful to Sky Sports.
“Emma Hayes has a son and knows what is important.
“We met up every other week to talk about our training program, my post-birth experience, and how we can help each other get back to our strength and fitness.
“Other clubs should consider Chelsea an idol and ask questions about our process because they were, in my opinion, super.
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The 28-year old signed a contract extension with Chelsea in January. She said it gave her comfort as Chelsea had offered her the contract months before she was in Germany.
“When you go on the internet, there’s not much information about athletes having babies and coming back. It was very difficult.” They offered her a contract immediately,” she stated.
Leupolz made four appearances for Chelsea after giving birth to her daughter in October. She is hoping to play for Germany in the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Reporting by Janina Nuno Rios in Mexico City, editing by Ed Osmond
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