Girls’ Emerging Talent Centre

Providing greater access for more players whilst diversifying the talent pool

For: girls aged 8-13

Location: John Jenkins Stadium, Portsmouth

Supported by: Hayes Plumbing & Heating Services

What is it?

The Football Association awarded Pompey in the Community a licence to deliver the Girls’ Emerging Talent Centre Programme.

The Girls’ Emerging Talent Centres across England provide greater accessibility to the player pathway and more inclusivity for female players to enhance player development.

Funding of £5.25 million from the Premier League across the next three years will see players engaged in FA Pathway programmes more than double helping to create greater access for all.

This is additional training that gives more girls than ever the chance to take their first steps on the pathway towards playing professional football, following in the footsteps of the inspirational Lionesses.

The main purpose of the ETC is Talent ID: to identify and develop future potential players by providing local, accessible high-quality training environments. They’ll increase playing time, varied football formats and allow players to play for both an ETC and a grassroots club, school or representative team, which we hope will enhance the variety of playing experiences.

Find out how ETCs fit into the wider England Football strategy here

What does it involve?

  • Centres must deliver a minimum of 1 session per week including 1.5 hours of technical training to each age group for 30 weeks
  • Age appropriate Strength and Conditioning Training/Physical Literacy aligned to the wider framework
  • Goalkeeping provision aligned to the wider framework
  • 1 game every 6 weeks
  • Exposure to a variety of playing formats including Futsal

The programme focuses on:

  • Technical & Physical Framework
  • Long-term Player Development principles
  • Provide and facilitate additional stretch and challenge opportunities for high performing players
  • Psychological/Social development Support
  • Education/Lifestyle Development Support

Where can this lead?

The player can be referred via the Discover my Talent and the player could take her first step on the Women’s England Talent Pathway.

How do I apply?

Players can join through the year, this will be done on a selection process, which can be started by completing this form here.

Please contact [email protected] to find out more.

Our Partners

Meet Your Coaches

Kirsty Pearce

Centre Manager

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Jack Randall

Development Lead

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Thomas Gwyther

Strength and Conditioning

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Jack Swinson

Goalkeeping Lead

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Age Group Coaches

George Howden

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Henry Stone

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Martin Parfitt

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Maisie Aldridge

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