The Football Association supports the development of youth female football in the way of 34 different Regional Talent Centres (RTCs).
This programme has grown and become instrumental in the successes of the international youth teams over recent years. The establishment of 52 centres throughout England are an integral part of The Football Association’s female player development pathway and is the pinnacle from which our youth international players are selected.
The ‘Philosophy’ of each centre is to disseminate both technical and theoretical information to each player stimulating the players learning. To this end, the precept must be to promote a player centred approach allowing the ‘game to be the teacher’ when appropriate and encompass the principles of LTPD (Long Term Player Development) as set out in The FA LTPD Introductory Guide.
Therefore, each centre must consider the needs of each player and take account of their developmental stage from a growth, development and maturation perspective and implement a programme to develop young players who have and can maximise their potential in the short but ultimately in the longer term.
- • To identify and recruit the most talented girls, within the locality (1.5 hours) of the Centre.
- • To provide quality coaching, education and welfare at all age groups, and at all levels.
- • To enhance player development, incorporating the principles of LTPD, providing individuals with both technical, physiological, psychological and social knowledge to achieve their full potential.
- To identify, recruit and develop the most talented coaches within the locality of the Centre of Excellence.
- • To develop a pool of qualified coaches at all levels available to the Centre.
- • To implement a comprehensive Coach Mentoring Strategy for the development of female coaches.
- • To work closely with the international teams to make sure any potential international player has the opportunity to be scouted.
- • To be advocates for and ‘live’ best practice in terms of developing female players, officials and coaches in line with The FA’s Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures.
• To develop players to a standard consistent with the highest levels in Women’s football.
• To establish squads for Under 10, Under 12, Under 14 and Under 16 age groups.
• To establish a challenging and structured technical programme, incorporating the principles of LTPD, which is to be followed by all coaching staff.
• To provide a suitable games programme for all age groups.
West Bromwich Albion FC RTC successfully tendered to become a Regional Talent Centre and were awarded a Tier 3 status Centre.
West Bromwich Albion Girls is now in its 6th season as a FA designated Centre. Our remit is to develop footballers to play for England. We are one of 34 Centres throughout the country who are funded by The FA to develop girls from Under 10’s to Under 16’s.
We are proud to have a centre full of exceptionally talented players and coaches who strive to be better each and every training session. We train twice a week with match days on a Saturday morning.
With over 300 girls at our trials this season we have attracted a fantastic group of squads whom for we have high hopes for the season!