The Hampshire FA Girls Centre of Excellence is run by Technical Director, Paul Barton and Centre Manager, Martina Heath.
The FA Girls’ England Talent Pathway was put in place to support in the identification, development and progression of players with the potential to play for the England Women’s senior team.
There is now a clear pathway in place that caters for the needs of the player with each stage specifically designed to ensure appropriate playing opportunities are in place.
What is a Centre of Excellence?
A Centre of Excellence (COE) is an enhanced coaching centre for U9, U11, U13, U15 & U17 age groups, and allows players identified as having elite potential the opportunity to access appropriate levels of coaching and support.
Who organises the Centre of Excellence?
The COE will be run by a local organisation. They will facilitate the organisation of the Centre and appoint appropriately qualified coaches for each age group.
A Centre Manager will be appointed to administer the Centre, and to provide players, parents and coaches with all the necessary information relating to the programme e.g. trials, training venues/times, fixtures etc. The Centre Manager should be the main point of contact.
What can players expect to receive at a Centre of Excellence?
Players will receive the support required to enable them to develop the key attributes required to play at the highest level; linked to the Long-Term Player Development four-corner model (technical/tactical, physiological, psychological and social).
A minimum of four-hours per week training will be provided, and all players will take part in a full regional fixture programme. Only the U17s play competitive fixtures, and also take part in The FA Girls’ U17s Centres of Excellence Youth Cup.
National team scouts will attend COE fixtures, and only registered members of a COE (including the SW COE) can be selected to play for England Women U15s/ U17s, and considered for (U15) Elite Performance Camps.
Where will the Centres of Excellence be located?
There will be 30 COEs spread evenly across the country. The Centres will run for a minimum of 30-weeks from July through to May of each season.
How do players access a Centre of Excellence?
Players should attend the closest centre to where they live, and travel time to training should not exceed 90-minutes.
Having trained with an ACC, PDC or played school and/or grassroots football, the COE is the next step of The FA Girls’ England Talent Pathway. Access to the COE is gained through a trial process; players can be nominated for trials by their teacher, grassroots coach, ACC/PDC or apply direct to the Centre.
How long can I stay at a Centre of Excellence?
At the end of the agreement period, players will be told whether they will be retained, required to re-trial or if appropriate move back a stage in the pathway to an ACC or PDC (which encompasses grassroots football). A player may de-register at any time if returning to grassroots football or advancing to senior football.
A player wishing to move to another Centre can only do so during the December or June transfer window. If a player wishes to move to another Centre outside of this time they can make an appeal to the Football Association.
What is the cost of attending a Centre of Excellence?
A fee may be charged by the Centre which should not exceed £150 per season (£75 for U9s). This fee should include the provision of training and matchday kit.
Hampshire FA Girls' Centre Of Excellence
The U9 development squad train once a week and those who are a part of this can also still play for grassroots teams, U11-U17 squads train for 4 hours a week at venues in Southampton and Alresford with matches being played on a Saturday and the home ground being Wide Lane Sports Ground, Southampton.
The Centre draws on the skills and experience of a variety of people: the coaching, medical, welfare and administrative staff. Hampshire FA’s Girls' Centre of Excellence is not only committed to the development of the players, but to the development of its staff, to ensure that they are given the best opportunity, in the right environment to have fun, learn and develop and achieve the best that they can be.
Should a talented young girl be unable to attend an FA Girls’ Centre of Excellence due to the travel time and distance, an FA Girls’ Centre of Excellence Director can apply to The FA for special dispensation on the player’s behalf. Further details of what this dispensation entails will be available from your nearest FA Girls’ Centre of Excellence from July 2011.
If you are interested in becoming involved in the Centre as a volunteer please contact Martina Heath: Martina.Heath@HampshireFA.comFixtures 2013-14