FA Regional Talent Clubs
A Regional Talent Club (RTC) is an enhanced coaching centre for girls U10, U12, U14 and U16 age groups primarily, and allows players identified as having elite potential the opportunity to access elite levels of coaching and support...
There are 28 RTCs spread across the country (excluding those regions where Advanced Coaching Centres are operating).
The RTCs are managed by local organisations who facilitate the administration and running of the RTC. A minimum of three hours training are provided per week to each age group and all players take part in a fixture programme.
Access to the RTC is gained through a trial process held in June. Players can be nominated for trials by their teacher, grassroots coach or they can apply directly to the club. U10 and U12 age groups participate in a local Charter Standard mixed youth league, whereas the U14 and U16 age groups play in an FA organised competitive fixture programme. The U16s also participate in the FA Girls’ Youth Cup and FA Girls’ Youth Plate which are both knockout competitions. Entry to The FA organised fixture programme and the cup competitions are exclusive to RTCs.
The Regional Talent Club programme is a three-tier system to provide greater support to the clubs working with our most talented players. It operates across a tiered concept as opposed to a ‘one size fits all’ model, in which the elements of funding and delivery are different across the three tiers that clubs have been awarded.
The purpose of the tiers is to reflect where organisations are in terms of their individual growth and infrastructure. The opportunities to attend a Regional Development Programme, National Performance Camp or an England Camp are the same for a player if she were to attend a Tier 1, 2 or 3 Regional Talent Club.
Current RTC’s in England:
Brighton & Hove Albion
West Bromwich Albion