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New Women's High Performance Centres

The FA to open facilities at eight universities across the country

Thursday 13 Jul 2017

Committed to doubling participation and fan numbers of the women’s game by 2020, 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-based setting to recruit, develop and deploy coaches, who will lead and inspire player development specifically in the women’s and girls’ 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 a variety of 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.”

In addition, The FA Women’s High Performance Football Centres will create the next generation of the game’s behind-the-scenes workforce, whether as volunteers, administrators or development staff.

The following eight universities 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:

• University of Birmingham
• University of Chichester
• University of Gloucestershire
• Manchester consortia – Manchester Metropolitan University & University of Manchester
• Northumbria University
• Nottingham consortia - University of Nottingham & Nottingham Trent University
• Sheffield Hallam University
• St Mary’s University

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By FA Staff