Address: Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club, American Express Elite Football Performance Centre, 60 Mash Barn Lane, Lancing, BN15 9FP



Brighton & Hove Albion’s girls’ FA Regional Talent Club (RTC) are holding open trials ahead of the new 2019/20 season.

The club is inviting aspiring young footballers the chance to try out to become part of their RTC, with the potential for them to become part of the next generation of Albion’s women players.

In April 2016, The FA awarded Brighton & Hove Albion RTC tier 1 status, the highest level currently available in terms of the delivery of elite girls’ football development.  Only 12 other clubs within the country hold this status.

Several Albion RTC players have been selected for England national performance camps, as the club continues to develop and nurture the talent of players up through the footballing pathway.

Women’s and girls’ general manager, Kirsty Hulland, said, “Brighton & Hove Albion’s FA Girls’ Regional Talent Club offers an elite environment to girls from the under-10s through to the under-16s.

“As a club we are committed to developing home grown players, which is representative of our entire player pathway, from our RTC through to the women’s first-team, which also runs alongside the international pathway.

“On the pitch, we offer highly qualified and experienced coaches, alongside player support inclusive of physiotherapists, sport therapists, strength & conditioning coaches and performance psychologists.

“Off the pitch, it is important that we are person centric and not just player orientated, providing extensive player welfare support alongside lifestyle workshops and promoting a dual-career approach.”

The club will be running a two-stage trial process for all age groups, including the under-10s, under-12s, under-14s and under-16s, at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre.

Confirmation of exact dates and timings will be in due course and dependent upon the volume of applications.

To be eligible for the open trials, players should live within a 90 minute travelling radius of the American Express Elite Performance Centre.

Dates for the opening stage of trials take place on the week commencing:

Monday 10th June 2019 through to Thursday 13th June 2019.

If players are asked to attend a second session, and the dates and times for these are as follows:

Under 10s – Tuesday 18th June 2019, 5pm-6.30pm
Under 12s – Thursday 20th June 2019, 5pm-6.30pm
Under 14s – Thursday 20th June 2019, 7pm-8.30pm
Under 16s – Tuesday 18th June 2019, 7pm-8.30pm

Please see the below links to be directed to our online application forms. The closing date for applications is Friday 10th May 2019.

Links to the relevant application forms can be found below.

Under 10s – Born between 01/09/2009 to 31/08/2011 – click here
Under 12s – Born between 01/09/2007 to 31/08/2009 – click here
Under 14s – Born between 01/09/2005 to 31/08/2007 – click here
Under 16s – Born between 01/09/2003 to 31/08/2005 – click here



Brighton & Hove Albion’s Women’s Dual Career Academy (DCA) programme (post-16) are holding open trials ahead of the new 2019/20 season.

The club is inviting aspiring footballers the chance to try out to become part of the under-20s programme, which currently runs in conjunction with Worthing College.

The programme offers talented young players (aged 16-20 years) the chance to combine their education with expert coaching, to allow them to develop the skills necessary to become a professional. 

Worthing College are able to offer a range of qualifications, including BTEC and A-level courses. More information on the courses available can be found here

The club is also accepting applications from players that are educated in a variety of other post-16 programmes, several of which are within host families through their education networks, allowing players to study alongside their football with greater ease.

Women’s first-team assistant manager, Amy Merricks said, “Through the programme, the players will have access to over 12 hours of weekly training/game play sessions, video analysis, strength and conditioning, educational workshops as well as competing in The FA’s National Academy League. 

“At Brighton & Hove Albion we are committed to developing home grown players with ample opportunity for players to train with the women’s first team whenever possible.”

Trials for the Brighton & Hove Albion FA WSL Dual Career Academy will be held at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre, 60 Mash Barn Lane, Lancing, BN15 9FP (Sat Nav: BN15 9EG) with registration from 12.45pm. 

The dates for trials are as follows:

•Sunday 5th May 2019, 1pm-4pm

•Sunday 19th May 2019, 1pm-4pm

Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 1st May. To apply for the Dual Career Academy open trials please click here.