Our girls’ academy (Regional Talent Club), which caters for U9s through to U16s, has been awarded a Tier 2 License by the FA after its continued success over the last two seasons.
Re-joining the England Talent Pathway in 2016, our RTC was originally allocated a Tier 3 License, but has since consistently performed above & beyond the expectations of a tier 3 academy. Notably, our RTC has put more players in the England talent pathway than the majority of tier 1 RTCs, with 8 players receiving England U15s and U16s call ups across the 2017/2018 season.
Additionally, last season’s incredible FA Youth Cup run also helped our RTC gain recognition, with our U16s knocking out Arsenal, Chelsea, Southampton and Manchester United in the process.
Director of Women & Girls football & 1st team manager Kelly Chambers commented; “We’re really pleased that the FA have recognised the success our RTC has enjoyed over the last two seasons. Our academy has always been a crucial part of our pathway and one that has produced, and will continue to produce, first team players for us”.
RTC Centre Manager Joe Manns said; “While the tiering system is in no way a complete reflection of the quality of RTC’s throughout the country, it does show we are moving in a positive direction. We have a five-year plan for the RTC and one of our targets was to achieve a Tier 2 license at the end of our second year, which we are pleased to have met. We will keep working hard to provide the best possible pathway for our girls through to our first team”.