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

This programme for girls currently in Year 11, combines exceptional, academy style coaching, with 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.

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 staff as well as qualified physiotherapists to support their physical development, whilst enrolled on the programme. 

Competitively, students will represent Stevenage FC midweek in a national league as well as 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. 

Lead Project Officer, Dani Burge said:

“It’s exciting to be launching the next phases of our Women & Girls football development structure, after the recent launch of the FA SSE Wildcats Girls Football Centres. With Stevenage Ladies looking towards their third consecutive season in the FA Women’s Premier League (FAWPL), it makes sense to create a pathway that allows young aspiring female footballers with the chance to study A-Levels or BTECs at Marriotts School as well represent Stevenage FC in a nationally recognised competition.”

Stevenage Ladies Chairman, Dave Potter said:

“In recent years, the Ladies setup has gone from strength to strength with the first team now a recognised FA Women’s Premier League side. We’ve seen back to back Hertfordshire FA Women’s County Cup titles, the reserve side are set to take the league title this season and adding the Girls Development Programme to this shows how far we’ve come as a club and we can start to create a clear pathway for girls that want to play FAWPL football in the future”.

The first round of trials for the programme are being held at Marriotts School on Saturday 12th May (2-4pm). To sign up for the trial, apply for the programme or simply find out more visit - click here