Regional Talent Clubs - Trial Dates 2019



The FA Girls’ England Talent Pathway was put in place to support the identification and development of those with elite potential.

It also ensures that appropriate playing opportunities are in place to enable players to fulfil their developmental needs and reach the ultimate goal of producing elite English female players to compete on the world stage.

Supported by investment from Sport England, each stage of the pathway was specifically designed to ensure appropriate playing opportunities are accessible and inclusive for female players across the country.

While the pathway diagram shows the progression of a footballer from grassroots to the England team, we know that every player’s journey is unique and influenced by a number of factors.


England Talent Pathway

All footballers develop at different rates and in different ways in all four-corners of the player’s make-up (technical/tactical, physiological, psychological and social).

Therefore our pathway allows girls to enter at different stages and ensures playing opportunities are appropriate to the needs of the player for them to develop and enjoy playing football.

National Performance Camps

National Performance Camps (NPC) have been put in place to support U14 players identified as having ‘international’ potential.
NPCs provide players with the opportunity to train and play among high-level players from around the country. With guidance and support from FA technical staff, players are also given access to specialist medical and sports science support to further aid their development.
NPCs are residential camps held five times a year at a central venue. Players are selected on a camp-by-camp basis and involvement with one NPC does not guarantee involvement at the next or subsequent national performance level.Selection is by recommendation either from The FA regional talent technical coaches, the RTC/ACC or an FA talent ID reporter. Players do not have to be registered at a Regional Talent Club or Advanced Coaching Centre to be selected.

Regional Development Programmes
Regional Development Programmes (RDPs) offer selected players the opportunity to further develop and train alongside like-minded and talented players within their region.
They are organised by The FA with each programme consisting of a number of development camps and performance hubs that provide a support mechanism to cater for the individual’s needs; giving clarity across the technical, tactical, physiological and psychological remits.
RDPs have been uniquely tailored in each of the seven regions to meet the needs and demands of the area.
Selection is made by the regional talent technical coaches, with specific camps and hubs aimed at different ages and levels of experience. Players do not have to be registered at a Regional Talent Club or Advanced Coaching Centre to be selected.

Regional Talent Clubs
A Regional Talent Club (RTC) is an enhanced coaching centre for U10, U12, U14 and U16 age groups, and allows players identified as having elite potential the opportunity to access appropriate levels of coaching and support.
Thirty-four RTCs are spread across the country (excluding those regions where Advanced Coaching Centres are run). Players registered with an RTC cannot be signed to any other club.
They are managed by local organisations who facilitate the administration and running of the RTC. A minimum of three-hours training are provided per week to each age group, and all players take part in a fixture programme.
Access to the RTC is gained through a trial process held in June; players can be nominated for trials by their teacher, grassroots coach or they can apply directly to the club.
U10 and U12 age groups participate in a local Charter Standard youth league and play fixtures arranged by the league. U14 and U16 age groups play in an FA organised fixture programme, although only U16s play competitive fixtures, and take part in The FA Girls’ U16 Youth Cup.
The new three-tier Regional Talent Club programme was launched for the 2016-17 season to provide greater support to the clubs working with our most talented players. It operates across a tiered concept as opposed to a ‘one size fits all’ model, in which the elements of funding and delivery are different across the three tiers that clubs have been awarded.
The purpose of the tiers is to reflect where clubs are in terms of their individual growth and infrastructure.
The opportunities to attend a Regional Development Programme/National Performance Camp/England Camp are the same for a player if she were to attend a tier 1, 2 or 3 Regional Talent Club.

regional talent club - trial information 

Session One Tuesday 18th June 2019 6pm-8pm 

Session Two Thursday 20th June 2019 6pm-8pm 

Session 3 Tuesday 25th June 2019 6pm-8pm 

All sessions will take place at: The Keepmoat Stadium, 3G Pitches, Stadium Way, Doncaster, DN4 5JW 

Any player wishing to attend must be born between:
Under 12 01/09/2007    31/08/2009
Under 14 01/09/2005  31/08/2007
Under 16 01/09/2019 31/08/2005

To request an expression of interest form for the open sessions please email: rtc@donnybelles.co.uk 


Open Trial Dates - Phase 1

Wednesday 5th June 2019 
U10/U11/U12 5pm – 6:30pm 
U14/U16 6:30pm-8:30pm 

Thursday 6th June2019 
U10/U11/U12 5pm – 6:30pm 
U14/U16 6:30pm-8:30pm 

Invite Only – Phase 2 

Monday 10th June 2019 
U10/U11/U12 5pm – 6:30pm 
U14/U16 6:30pm-8:30pm 

Wednesday 12th June 2019

U10/U11/U12 5pm – 6:30pm 
U14/U16 6:30pm-8:30pm 

Thursday 13th June 2019 
U10/U11/U12 5pm – 6:30pm 
U14/U16 6:30pm-8:30pm 


Invite Only – Phase 3 

Monday 17th June 2019 
U10/U11/U12 5pm – 6:30pm 
U14/U16 6:30pm-8:30pm 

Wednesday  19th June 2019 
U10/U11/U12 5pm – 6:30pm 
U14/U16 6:30pm-8:30pm 

Thursday 20thJune 2019 
U10/U11/U12 5pm – 6:30pm 
U14/U16 6:30pm-8:30pm 

Trial Outcomes 
Phase 1 – Recommended to our Girls Skills Centre 
Phase 2 - Recommended to our Talent Centre 
Phase 3 - Recommended to our Girls Talent Centre 

For a registration form click here.


Tuesday 4th June

U10/12s 6-8pm

U14/16s 7-9pm

Thursday 6th June – INVITE ONLY

U10/12s 6-8pm

U14/16s 7-9pm

Venue: Sheffield United Academy  Firshill Crescent, Shirecliffe, Sheffield  S4 7DR

REGISTER BY EMAILING: shaun.hird@sufc.co.uk

Date: Saturday 8th June 2019 (Further dates by invitation only on Saturday 15th and 22nd June)
Venue: York St. John University, Haxby Road, York, YO31 8TA
Time: U10/U12 (10 am to 12 pm)  U14/U16 (1:30 pm to 3:30 pm)

The Regional Talent Club (RTC) is an FA Licenced programme that provides player development opportunities for elite female players at U10, U12, U14 and U16, which forms an integral part of the England Women’s Elite Talent Pathway. York City Foundation having been awarded a Tier 1 Licence by The FA, with the technical programme being led by an extremely talented and experienced coaching and support staff.

York City RTC have seen notable success this season, with a number of our players having attended England National Performance Camps with some players representing England at the U15, U16 and U17 age groups.

Applications are welcome from,
U10 - Players born from 1st September 2009 to 31st August 2011 (School Years 4 & 5 for Sep 2019)
U12 - Players born from 1st September 2007 to 31st August 2009 (School Years 6 & 7 for Sep 2019)
U14 - Players born from 1st September 2005 to 31st August 2007 (School Years 8 & 9 for Sep 2019)
U16 - Players born from 1st September 2003 to 31st August 2005 (School Years 10 & 11 for Sep 2019)

For more and information and to register parental consent for players to attend click here.