Stevenage FC Foundation have teamed up with Stevenage Ladies FC to deliver a full-time Football & Education programme for the next generation of talented female sports professionals in partnership with Marriotts School, Stevenage.

The programme for girls currently in Year 11, combines exceptional, academy style coaching and high-level football with a range of academic studies. By joining our programme, you can choose to study a wide range of courses including A-Levels or BTECs. All students will be given the support to develop as players with a view to gaining a trial with Stevenage Ladies FC as well as gaining qualifications needed to secure employment within the sports industry, such as The FA Level 1 coaching certificate.

The first round of trials for the programme are being held at Marriotts School, Stevenage, on Saturday 1st December from 2pm - 4pm, where prospective students will take part in a trial as well as hear from Marriotts School about the education pathways on offer.

Students will study and train at Marriotts School in Stevenage in their newly refurbished school site that provides some of the best sports facilities in the area. Students would have access to a minimum 8 hours a week coaching from UEFA B qualified Stevenage FC Foundation coach as well as qualified physiotherapists to support their physical development, whilst enrolled on the programme.

Competitively, students will represent Stevenage FC midweek in the EFL Community & Education Football Alliance, as well as have the chance to play for the Stevenage Ladies FC at weekends in their first or reserve sides (this is not mandatory and girls wishing to continue with their existing grassroots club will be supported).

Stevenage FC Foundation are working hard to create a variety of options as exit routes for students with University, Higher Education Apprenticeships, International Scholarships and Full Time Employment all viable opportunities for students on the programme.

Please note that any girl registered with the Girls Football & Education programme will still be allowed to register for their existing grassroots team. As a result, there is NO CONFLICT with grassroots clubs/teams.

Lead Project Officer, Dani Burge said

“It’s really exciting to be launching the next phase of our Women & Girls football development structure. After the recent launch of our Girls Development Centres, we’re now in a strong position with our Women and Girls pathway and we are offering more than ever before with our Premier League Girls programme, Girls Soccer Camps, Wildcats programme and now the GDC and F&E programme. With Stevenage Ladies now in their fourth consecutive season in the Women’s National League (formally known as Women’s Premier League) it makes sense to create a pathway to offer girls the chance to play football whilst gaining a high level education.’

Stevenage Ladies Chairman, Dave Potter said

“The Girls Football & Education Pathway is a great opportunity for young, up and coming talented players to join a local female girls football initiative during which they don’t only gain important A Levels but they also get the chance to be part of a club that is dedicated to providing high level coaching and creating a pathway into the ladies game.’ The addition of the GFEP shows how far we’ve come as a club and it gives girls the opportunity to play Women’s National League Football in the future.’

To apply for the programme or simply find out more - click here