Talent Development

Female Talent Development

Hull College Girls’ Player Development Centre

The purpose of The Football Association Girls' Player Development Centre Programme is to identify players with potential and place them in a technical and educational programme designed to produce a pathway into football excellence in conjunction with personal development. The PDC is designed to bridge the gap between grassroots football and Centre of Excellence football. Hull College have been involved in The FA's Excellence Programme for female players across Hull and East Riding for eight years. The Player Development Centre, funded by the FA, is operated and supported by Hull College and is based at the Learning Zone within the KC Stadium. The Centre has to meet strict criteria outlined by the Football Association as this is the pathway that future England Internationals will come through.

The Hull College Player Development Centre (PDC) provides extra training and support on top of grassroots clubs. Every player continues to play for their local grassroots club and receives one extra night of training and support from qualified and experienced coaches. The PDC coaching team are specialist youth coaches that must hold a minimum of FA Level 2 and FA Level 3 qualifications. Their mandate is to deliver age-appropriate sessions, adapted directly from the FA's Future Game technical syllabus and its revolutionary player development model. The coaching philosophy implemented at the PDC ensures that players benefit from the latest coaching methods, whilst participating in a FUN and positive environment in which the players can unlock their playing potential thorough enjoyment of the game. Players take part in practical and theory work to challenge and extend their skills, developing their attributes and performance capacities in all of the 4 corners. In season 2012/2013 the East Riding & Hull College PDC supported 10 young players in successfully securing contracts with Centres of Excellence including Lincoln, North Yorkshire and Leeds.


Players at the PDC are invited to play in friendly fixtures against other PDCs which allows players to show their true potential in a match situation. To further support the players' grassroots clubs the PDC ensures that through careful planning and cooperation with other regional PDCs, there is no conflict between club football and PDC fixtures.


The PDC is open to U11's, U13's and U15's age groups and training takes place on the 3G pitches at Longcroft School in Beverley on Monday nights: U11’s and U13’s – 6.00pm-7.30pm; U15’s – 6.30pm-8.00pm. There is also specialist goalkeeper training from an experienced, FA Level 2 Goalkeeping Coach.

Clubs, schools and parents have the opportunity to nominate players for trials at the PDC. Anyone interested should contact Paul Smith, Centre Director on 07851678429 or email paulsmith@hull-college.ac.uk.

FA Girls' Centres of Excellence

The purpose of The Football Association Programme for Excellence is to identify players of outstanding ability and place them in a technical and educational programme designed to produce football excellence in conjunction with personal development. The FA's Centre of Excellence Programme is an enhanced coaching centre for U9, U11, U13, U15 and U17 age groups. Players gain access to the Centre of Excellence through a trial process and it is the next step on the Talent Development Pathway after the Player Development Centres.

The Centres of Excellence provide excellent training and support at fantastic training facilities. Every player receives four hours training per week and a weekly regional fixture programme. Players are not allowed to play for both grassroots clubs and the Centre of Excellence. Centres of Excellence also play in friendly fixtures and festivals outside of the region to gain more knowledge and experience of the game. U17's age groups compete in a National Centre of Excellence Cup.

The Centres of Excellence provide players with the support required to be an elite player around all four corners of development (technical, physical, social and psychological). England scouts will be present at Centre of Excellence fixtures. Players can only be selected to play for England U15/U17 if they are playing in a Centre of Excellence.

The FA Player Agreement

• Every Centre of Excellence player is to be given a minimum of a one year agreement or a maximum of a two year agreement, subject to FA funding.
• A player can only leave the Centre during a transfer window. The transfer window will be a two week period in December and a four week period in June.
• No Centre of Excellence can sign a player outside of the agreement.
• Every Centre of Excellence player will be given a half yearly review in December.

The nearest Centres of Excellence are:

Leeds United: gary.waddington@leedsunited.com
Lincoln Ladies: info@lincolnladiesfc.co.uk
North Yorkshire: gail@gailcolling.orangehome.co.uk

For further information about the FA Girls' Talent Development Pathway please contact Gemma Thomas, Women's and Girl's Football Development Officer on 01482 221158 or email gemma.thomas@eastridingfa.com.
Alternatively click here to visit the Girls Talent Development section of The FA's website.

Hull City F.C. Centre of Excellence

The only professional football club in our County, Hull City FC offer a Centre of Excellence programme for boys at U9 – U16’s.

FA Disability Talent Pathway

The purpose of The FA’s Disability Talent Programme is to identify young players deemed to possess higher levels of ability and to place them in a developmental programme designed to produce football excellence in conjunction with personal development. The Pathway comprises of FA Disability Player Development Centres (PDCs), FA Regional Impairment Specific Centres of Excellence and FA England Impairment Specific Development Squads.

The Pathway’s success is ultimately measured on the number of players progressing from County and Regional based programmes into National Development and Elite Disability Squads.

FA Disability Player Development Centres (PDC) provide a higher level coaching opportunity for players that show signs of talent in grassroots clubs or school settings. PDCs run for 1.5 hours per week for 20 weeks and impact players of 12-16 years of age. PDCs are used to ‘confirm’ and ‘develop’ talent in young players and support the transition to Regional Youth and Adult Impairment Specific Centres of Excellence, National Impairment Specific League Teams or into mainstream football settings.

PDCs have a focus on recruiting players that can progress to National Development and Elite Squads as highlighted within The FA’s Disability Player Pathway and as shown below:

• Amputee
• Cerebral Palsy
• Deaf
• Partially sighted
• Learning Disability

The nearest FA Disability Player Development Centre is at York. For further information or to nominate a player please contact Paul Bird on 01904 704256 / 07721 672976 or email sportscoach@talktalk.net.

North East and Yorkshire Regional Cerebral Palsy Centre of Excellence
The North Riding County FA are the hosts of the North East & Yorkshire Regional Cerebral Palsy Centre of Excellence. The aim is to develop the players into full internationals for the England team and see them represent GB at London 2012. The Centre of Excellence is for Adult Male (senior) and Under 16 Male footballers for players from across the North East and Yorkshire. Teams compete in north of England and national fixture dates as provided by The Football Association.

For further information or to arrange a trial contact Paul Campbell, Disability Football Development Officer at the North Riding County FA on 07872469953 or email paul.campbell@northridingfa.com.

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