Somerset FA plan to host the FA's new female talent pathway programme, the Emerging Talent Centre. It provides talented young female players throughout Somerset and its surrounding areas with weekly additional training and fixtures, whist still playing for their club to complement their football opportunities.
An FA Emerging Talent Centre will be one of the pinnacles of playing opportunity for talented players in the area and offers a direct opportunity to support striving players to progress into the FA Women's England Talent Pathway. The aim of the programme is to develop players holistically to meet their potential, with our ultimate goal in producing elite female players to represent England. Somerset FA's female player pathway has supported a number of female players in the last several years that have gone onto Represent England in youth age groups, the most recently being an England WU17 captain.
The Emerging Talent Centre provides girls aged between 8 - 16 years of age, with a season long programme (once a week) with a minimum of 6 fixtures to support the development of the talented female footballers in Somerset and the surrounding areas. age groups with season long programme (once a week) with a minimum of 6 fixtures to support the development of the talented female footballers in Somerset and the surrounding areas.
It provides high quality coaching from FA Qualified UEFA B Licenced & Level 2 Coaches, Strength and Conditioning support from a qualified practitioner, weekly access to a physio to support injury prevention and rehabilitation and game analysis opportunities to support player reflection.
The games programme delivered on training evenings and half terms challenges the skills and development of players against other Centre's within the South West Region (these centres will be confirmed in due course), as well as playing fixtures against mixed teams. This ensures high quality competitive opportunities on a regular basis to challenge each player.
Training and games are regularly observed by The FA's Regional Talent Coach whose role is to identify players for the FA's Women's England Talent Pathway. This is to ensure Somerset's talented girls are given every opportunity to move up the Female Football pathway.
We need you to help us identify female players in girls or mixed teams, for this opportunity.
To sign up to the trials, please click on this link and complete the registration process: https://forms.gle/rAZp1zXKcCY2s5oL7
The Emerging Talent Centre programme, hosted by Somerset FA, is subject to approval from The FA.