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Girls Regional Talent Club License

1 May 2016

ITC Awarded License For Girls RTC

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More than 2.89million girls and women play football in England.

    Sporting Club Albion
Shrewsbury Town FC    
    Reading FC Women
    Nottingham Forest Ladies FC
    Durham Women FC
    Doncaster Rovers Belles
    Charlton Athletic
    Boston United

Tier 3:

    Teesside Sport
    Stoke City
    Sheffield United
    MK Dons FC
    Millwall Lionesses
    Gillingham FC
    Everton Ladies FC
    Essex FA
    Derby County
    Bristol City Women’s FC
    Aston Villa

Tier 2 Licence:

    York City FC Foundation
    Southampton FC
    Oxford United FC
    Manchester United
    Manchester City Women
    Liverpool Ladies FC
    Leicester City
    Leeds United
    Brighton & Hove Albion
    Blackburn Rovers Ladies
    Birmingham City Ladies FC
    Arsenal Ladies FC

Tier 1 Licence:

Licences are awarded subject to Sport England and FA funding and continuing to meet licence criteria.

Player trials for the RTCs will begin in June, with details on request at each individual club.  All players at RTCs will be eligible to be selected for England across all tiers.

"We're delighted to announce that we have been granted a three-year Girls Regional Talent Club license by The FA.

"Since we launched the Girls Advanced Development Centre (GADC) at the start of the season, we have seen the potential for girls within Shropshire and now we can offer a programme to greatly enhance the development of girls from the area to hopefully represent England or play at the highest level in years to come."
Shrewsbury Town in the Community's girls and women's football development officer, Peter Wilson, said:
“The introduction of Regional Talent Clubs will really enhance the development of the best young female talent in this country and ensure that clubs and centres are better supported in working with them.

“We’d like to congratulate all of the clubs that have been successful.  There were some excellent applications which bodes very well for the future of elite female football and the delivery of girls’ coaching.

“We understand that some players may be impacted geographically by these changes but we will work with them and their parents to find the right playing and development opportunities for them, as we want to keep the best female players in the game.

“Ultimately we are committed to growing the women’s game and developing winning England teams across all age groups and we are confident that these changes will help us deliver just that.”
Brent Hills, head of the Elite Performance Unit, said:

The changes have been led by The FA’s Elite Performance Unit, which was set up in 2014 to manage the development of elite female footballers and coaches, to benefit the domestic and international game and support winning England teams.

The older age groups will compete in FA organised fixture programmes against other RTCs.

For the first time, girls’ U10 and U12 teams will compete in Charter Standard youth leagues, to enable players to further develop both technically and physically.

As part of the changes, RTC age groups will run alongside the academic year, starting in September.

RTCs have replaced the former Centre of Excellence model and will deliver enhanced coaching and support designed to improve the development of elite female players through the FA Girls’ England talent pathway.

The clubs will also have FA funding aligned to their tier, which they are required to match fund a percentage of, and increased FA support.

The clubs have been grouped into three tiers, dependent on their facilities, workforce, coach and player development, performance service provision and the number of age groups they will work with.

Following a six-month application process, 34 clubs and centres will deliver coaching and education to the best young female footballers in the country, on three-year licences.

Shrewsbury Town in the Community have been awarded a license for a newly-created Regional Talent Club (RTC) which will be responsible for the delivery of elite girls’ football development.

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