Talent Development

Female Talent Development

East Riding Girls’ Player Development Centre

The purpose of The Football Association Girls' Player Development Centre (PDC) 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. 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 East Riding FA Girls’ Player Development Centre (PDC) provides extra training and support on top of grassroots clubs at ages U11, U13 and U15. 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 Youth Award Module 2 qualifications. 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 through enjoyment of the game.


Training takes place on the 3G pitch at St Marys College, Cranbrook Avenue, Hull on Monday nights: U11’s and U13’s – 6:00pm-7:30pm, U15’s – 7:00pm-8:30pm. There is also specialist goalkeeper training from an experienced, FA Level 2 Goalkeeping Coach once a month although goalkeepers are expected to attend every week for additional training.

Trials will be taking place on Monday 15th, Monday 22nd and Monday 29th September 2014 at St Marys College and anyone interested should contact Centre Manager, Suzanne Smith on the details below for more information. Alternatively a leaflet and registration form can be found at the bottom of this page.

Centre Manager: Suzanne Smith

Email: suzanne.smith@thefa.com

Telephone: 07931 127058

Observations: The East Riding PDC is committed to supporting community and grassroots football coaches in their own self-development. Coaches are welcome to attend PDC coaching sessions to observe and in addition, Center Manager, Suzanne Smith would be more than happy to attend Charter Standard Clubs to discuss the programme. Please contact Suzanne Smith prior to attending.

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 Kirsty Leake, Women's and Girl's Football Development Officer 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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