Stevenage FC Foundation have broken new ground by launching an exciting player development centre for the 2018/19 season - and it's only for girls!

Starting from October, with trials in late September, sessions will run weekly throughout the season and the development centre will be located at Stevenage FC Academy in Shephalbury on Monday (7-8pm) and Tuesday (8-9pm) nights for girls aged 9 to 16 years old.

Coached by FA and UEFA qualified coaches the centre is tailored to give players the best opportunity to progress technically as a footballer and to help them develop socially and psychologically.

The centre is a supplementary training and games programme and will complement girls' existing grassroots football commitments. Our Girls Development Centres allow all players to play for any club side locally as all games against other professional clubs take place in the school holidays.

The sessions are player centred and revolve around technical and game based scenarios with the emphasis on enjoyment, development and performance. Girls involved in the centre that are not currently signed to clubs will be supported by the Foundation, working with Hertfordshire FA, to find local grassroots football that meets their needs.

Project Officer, Dani Burge says

We're delighted to be able to launch the new Girls Development Centre programme. It's been something that we've been looking to establish locally for a long time now, so it is great to finally announce this new initiative.

There is a thriving grassroots girls’ game in Hertfordshire with over 3,800 girls taking part each week in 130 girls’ teams up and down the county. We would not be able to offer an opportunity like this without that incredible work.  The county also has fantastic elite role models in Arsenal Women and Watford Ladies towards the top of the women's pyramid.

With our Girls Development Programme now also available for girls post 16 and our Development Centre we are creating a pathway locally in Stevenage and into Stevenage Ladies FC in The FA Women's National League (South East Division 1). By doing this we hope to develop future players for the first and reserve teams and bridge the gap for young female footballers.


Key Info

U10s & U12s

Date: Starts Monday 1st October 

Time: 7pm - 8pm

Venue: Stevenage FC Academy, Shephalbury Sports Academy, Broadhall Way, Stevenage, SG2 8NP

Coaches: Luke Wilkins & Dani Burge

U14s & U16s

Date: Starts Tuesday 2nd October

Time: 8pm - 9pm

Venue: Stevenage FC Academy, Shephalbury Sports Academy, Broadhall Way, Stevenage, SG2 8NP

Coaches: Vicky Farleigh & Dani Burge


Kit & Fees

Weekly sessions will cost £4 per player per week, with the option to pay in full or in blocks. The centre will run for 30 sessions between October and June. 

Girls are able to purchase official training kit for £60 comprising of Training Tee, Jumper, Shorts, Socks and Rain Jacket. This will be available for players who successfully complete a trial with the centre.


Trials

U10s & U12s

Date: Monday 24th September

Time: 7pm - 8pm

Venue: Stevenage FC Academy, Shephalbury Sports Academy, Broadhall Way, Stevenage, SG2 8NP

U14s & U16s

Date: Tuesday 25th September 

Time: 8pm - 9pm

Venue: Stevenage FC Academy, Shephalbury Sports Academy, Broadhall Way, Stevenage, SG2 8NP

To register your interest in the trial please complete the Registration Form - DOWNLOAD HERE -  and return to Dani Burge at [email protected] or via post to Stevenage FC Foundation, The Lamex Stadium, Broadhall Way, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG2 8RH.


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Girls Development Programme - Find Out More

For more information about the Girls Development Centre or if you have any specific questions please contact Dani Burge via email - click here - or call 01438 223223 (Ext. 65)