Regional Talent Clubs
What is it?
A Regional Talent Club (RTC) is an enhanced coaching centre for U11, U12, U14 and U16 age groups primarily, and allows players identified as having elite potential the opportunity to access elite levels of coaching and support. The Regional Talent Club programme is a three-tier system 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.
What are they?
There are 29 RTCs spread across the country (which predominantly sit outside areas where Advanced Coaching Centres are operating). They are managed by local organisations who facilitate the administration and running of the RTC.
What does it involve?
A minimum of three hours training are provided per week to each age group, and all players take part in a fixture programme. U11 and U12 age groups participate in a local Charter Standard mixed youth league, whereas the U14 and U16 age groups play in an FA organised competitive fixture programme. The U16s also participate in the FA Girls’ Youth Cup and FA Girls’ Youth Plate which are both knockout competitions. Entry to The FA organised fixture programme and the cup competitions are exclusive to RTCs.
How do I get involved?
Access to the RTC is gained through a trial process typically held in June; players can be nominated for trials by their teacher, grassroots coach or they can apply directly to the club. Contact details for the Regional Talent Clubs are available to download as a PDF here.
Are there opportunities to progress?
Players attending an RTC have the same opportunities to progress in the England Women’s Talent Pathway as those players who are not attending an RTC therefore ensuring that access to the England Women’s Talent Pathway are accessible and inclusive for every player who is showing talent and potential.
RTC CONTACTS PDF
Delivered by our 9 regionalised Women’s High Performance Football Centre’s, a specialised goalkeeping support programme is offered to talented female goalkeepers who play in a variety of different playing environments, from grassroots to RTC level. The centre also provides coach development opportunities for aspiring coaches, which is supported by FA Mentoring and aims to grow a Goalkeeping Coach workforce for all levels of the Women’s game.
Girls attending a WHPGKC can still register and play competitively for their club team, the centre simply provides an additional unique goalkeeping experience.
Goalkeepers can be recommended or invited to attend the centre via numerous sources, including our FA Talent Technical Coaches (TTC), club coaches, club officials, referees and others. In some cases, a selection process may also take place.
The WHPGKC programme typically runs from September – May and provides one session per week lasting 1.5 hours (classroom and pitch).
The goalkeepers will develop their understanding of the England Goalkeeping DNA, receive 6 weekly feedback and will be provided with a ‘Player Learning Log’, whilst our coaches will have the opportunity to develop through mentorship, become part of a ‘Community of Goalkeeping Coaches’ and receive specific online CPD on a bi-monthly basis.
For more information about the WHPGKC Centres in your Region, please download our Centre Contacts document below:
FA WHPFC GK Centre Contacts
Talented Players can be found at any time and from anywhere and that is why our partnership with the EFL Trust is so important in helping us to unearth future hidden talent.
We collectively recognise that ethnicity, social class and demographics should not be a barrier for success and that to ensure we have an accessible and inclusive entry into our Talent Pathway, the 34 Community Club Organisations who deliver on this programme can inspire and engage with girls playing in the heart of their local communities.
The EFL Trust Female Talent Inclusion programme aims to ensure that through existing activities delivered by each Club, female players with potential can be referred into our Talent Pathway and supported in their own environment.
Talented players can and do emerge from any of these settings.
For those girls who chose to play grassroots football, they can do so in girls only or mixed teams up to the age of 18. A mixed team provides players with an incredible challenge across the 4 Corners (Technical, Physical, Psychological, Social).
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Our vision is to enable every girl to have equal access to participate, compete and excel in the game. This access to opportunity at both Primary and Secondary level will play such an important role in developing vital life skills such as resilience and self-confidence, as well as improving emotional and physical fitness during this key life phase for female players.
Every England Women’s Senior player started her journey at the roots of the game and whilst some may not have had the opportunity to play at school, we cannot underestimate the impact that schools have in supporting players to achieve their potential.
For more information on our work in schools and how you can get involved please visit our Women & Girls in School page here.
The FA currently offers a progressive route for female players with visual and hearing impairments and Cerebral Palsy.
The pathway consists of players that are playing in mainstream and pan-disability settings. For more information, please visit our Disability Performance Pathway page here.