Talent Development

Female Talent Development

The talent pathway for Girls will change, through the introduction of new Regional Talent Clubs (RTCs)

The new Regional Talent Clubs will be responsible for the delivery of elite girls’ football development from the start of the 2016/2017 season.

34 clubs were successful in gaining a license for an RTC and they will now be responsible for delivering coaching and education to the best young female footballers in the country, on three-year licenses.

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. 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 new Regional Talent Clubs will replace the former Player Development Centre and 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.

FA Girls Talent Pathway 2016-2017

4 clubs within our Region were successful in gaining a license to run a RTC.

  • Leeds United and The City of York Foundation FC at Tier 1
  • Sheffield United at Tier 2
  • Doncaster Belles at Tier 3

For further information about the FA Girls' Talent Development Pathway please contact Kirsty Leake on 01482 221158 or email kirsty.leake@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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