Blackpool FC Community Trust – FA Emerging Talent Centre


Blackpool FC Community Trust are delighted to confirm that we have been successful in our application to hold an FA Girls’ Emerging Talent Centre Licence from next season (22/23). This licence enables us to deliver the ETC programme over the next three years, enhancing girls football provision on the Fylde coast until July 2025.

The programme is designed to be a central hub for local talented female players from Blackpool, Fylde and the surrounding areas and will work in partnership with grassroots clubs to ensure the offer is beneficial to grassroots players. The Emerging Talent Centre will work with grassroots clubs, schools and local coaches to identify talented female players for this elite training experience.

The Trust plan to offer a comprehensive approach to player development, giving all girls selected access to a high quality training programme, strength and conditioning coaches, access to onsite physiotherapist, nutritional advice and health and wellbeing support. This programme will be offered free to all girls attending enabling us to remove any financial burden often faced when trying to access elite level training. Groups will also be invited to play in competitive games against other ETC programmes.

The ETC offers:

  • Up to 2 hours contact time per week (dependant on age)
  • For girls age 8 – 16
  • Centralised venue
  • Free to attend
  • Access to physiotherapist
  • Education Workshops
  • Bespoke Games Programme (built around grassroots club commitments)
  • Job opportunities within elite girls programme
  • CPD opportunities for grassroots coaches

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