The FA announce 60 new Girls’ Emerging Talent Centres

FA announces 60 girls' emerging talent centres
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The FA has allocated licences for the first 60 Girls’ Emerging Talent Centres, representing a 59% increase on the number of such FA programmes.

This will see the number of young female players engaged in FA programmes across the country rise from 1,722 to over 4,200 by the end of the 2023-24 season, with the actual number of programmes going from 39 to 60.

Thanks to funding from the Premier League, The FA recently unveiled plans to grow its existing talent programme for women’s football with the introduction of up to 70 Girls’ ETCs, aiming to sustain its future and provide a wider and more diverse talent pool for the game. Today’s announcement shows positive progress has already been made.

The national network of Girls’ ETCs will be aimed at girls aged eight to 16. The new Centres will operate for at least 30 weeks per season and will commence from September 2022. The Centres will be underpinned by five key areas:

1.      Better accessibility

2.      More inclusivity

3.      Reducing the impact of early selection

4.      More focused investment

5.      Providing more appropriate challenges

Earlier this year, the Premier League confirmed it will provide £1.75 million per annum for the next three years to support the new network of Girls’ ETCs.

Kay Cossington, The FA’s Head of Women’s Technical, said: “Our key aims are to provide greater access for more players whilst diversifying the talent pool, and I am delighted that the early signs show that we are well on track to achieve those aims.

“We are extremely excited to be working alongside such a diverse  group of clubs and organisations, which will help us identify players for the future, including future England Lionesses.”

Premier League Chief Football Officer, Tony Scholes said: “The Premier League and our clubs are committed to developing football at all levels and it is important that girls across the country have greater opportunities to progress in the game.

“We are pleased to have provided the funding which will significantly enhance the pathways for young female footballers, and it is great to see the first licences allocated for the new Emerging Talent Centres.”

Licences were allocated on a regional basis allowing for greater geographical coverage, whilst providing greater accessibility for a larger pool of players.

The full breakdown of confirmed licences can be found below:

North East

Yorkshire

North West

Durham Women FC

Barnsley Women FC

Blackburn Rovers Ladies FC

Newcastle United Foundation

Bradford City Community Foundation

Blackpool FC Community Trust

Sunderland Foundation  of Light

Doncaster Rovers Belles FC

Chester FC Community Trust

Teesside University

Hull City Ladies FC

Crewe Alexandra in the Community

York City Foundation

Leeds United Foundation

Everton Women FC

 

Lincoln City Foundation

Liverpool FC Women

 

Rotherham United Community Sports Trust

Manchester City in the Community

 

Sheffield United FC

Manchester United Foundation

 

 

Preston North End Community and Education Trust

 

Midlands

East

London

Aston Villa Women FC

Bedfordshire County FA

Arsenal Women FC

Birmingham City Women FC

Colchester United Community Sports Trust

Brentford Community Sports Trust

Burton Albion Community Trust

Cambridge United FC

Charlton Athletic Women FC

Derby County Community Trust

Ipswich Town FC

Chelsea FC Women

Shrewsbury Town Football in the Community

Milton Keynes Dons Sport and Education Trust

Leyton Orient Trust

Stoke City Community Trust

Northampton Town Community Trust

Tottenham Hotspur Women FC

West Bromwich Albion Women FC

Norwich City Community Sports Foundation

West Ham United Foundation

 

Peterborough United FC

 

 

Stevenage FC Foundation

 

 

Watford FC Community Sports and Education Trust

 

 

South East

South West

 

AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust

Bristol City Women FC

 

Brighton and Hove Albion FC

Cornwall County FA

 

Kent County Football Association

Devon County FA

 

Oxford United FC

Dorset County FA

 

Reading Women FC

Forest Green Rovers FC

 

Southampton FC

Plymouth Argyle Community Trust

 

 

Somerset County FA

 

 

Swindon Town FC Community Foundation

 

 In addition to those licences already confirmed, The FA will be staging a second invitational application window for eligible clubs and organisations in targeted areas to further support the aim of greater geographical coverage and access.

For more information regarding the Girls’ ETC programme please contact playerpathway@thefa.com

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