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North Riding Girls Excellence Centre is Go


10:40am 7th June 2011

After a gruelling and ridged application process and almost two months of nervously waiting for the decision, North Riding County FA are pleased to announce that North Yorkshire Girl’s Centres of Excellence have been awarded a full FA License.

On Tuesday May 31st the Football Association revealed the names of 30 Girl’s Centres of Excellence that had been awarded an FA license for this season. This is the first time the licenses were also open to external organisations and after a long a robust process, the strongest 30 applications have been announced.

Gail Colling, North Yorkshire Centre Manager commented:

“We are delighted to receive a FA Licence after such a tough process. This is an excellent opportunity for talented girls’ footballers and the extra funding means that we will be able to provide a comprehensive high quality programme which we hope will see an increase in the number of England players being developed in the region. We also see this as fantastic news for grassroots football in the area and as a Centre of Excellence; we are keen to work closely with the local clubs and the girls’ league to help them to continue to develop.”

The Centre will now receive £50,000 in funding to deliver their elite training programme. A big change this season will see the addition of an under 9s age group, a progression that both the FA and Centres have been requesting for some time. The Under 9s age group will train once a week with the Centre but players will still be free to play with their grassroots club; a great step forward to developing our players even younger.

The existing under 10s, 12s, 14s and 16s will now move to align with the England squads at under 11s, 13s, 15, and 17s, streamlining the transition to the top flight of English women’s football through England Camps and trials. Last season alone, Teesside Centre produced three England players from their under 14 and 16 squads, an impressive statistic given that most England players come from the south of the Country. The North East is slowly but surely bridging the gap, increasing the numbers of talented players, with both Centres forwarding a number of players into premier league teams. 

The board and directors of the North Riding County FA would like to congratulate North Yorkshire Centre on being awarded their funding and licenses, and wish them every success for the coming season.

For more information on Centre trial dates please contact Gail Colling for the North Yorkshire Girls Centre of Excellence on 07870170251 or email gail@gailcolling.orangehome.co.uk

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