The FA has unveiled plans for eight new High Performance Football Centres based at universities across the country.
The centres will provide an educational and community setting to recruit, develop and deploy coaches, who will lead player development specifically in the women’s game.
Establishing a connection with the England talent pathway and FA WSL clubs, the centres will provide talented players with an environment to facilitate both their academic and football ambitions, providing services such as coaching, sports science and sports medicine and scholarship opportunities.
Baroness Sue Campbell, The FA’s head of women’s football said: “The establishment of these centres is a further proof point of The FA’s commitment to transform the future of women’s football in England.
“They will ensure aspiring coaches and talented players in all parts of the country have access to the best training and support possible, providing us with the greatest opportunity for success at all levels of international football.”
Eight university cities have been selected based on their ability to deliver against the six key focus areas including coach development, collaboration with existing local football providers and supporting the England talent pathway.
These are: University of Birmingham, University of Chichester, University of Gloucestershire, Manchester Metropolitan University & University of Manchester, Northumbria University, Nottingham consortia - University of Nottingham & Nottingham Trent University, Sheffield Hallam University and St Mary’s University.
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