The Arsenal Ladies Development Team is designed to help elite female footballers reach their full potential and to prepare and progress them through to the first team. The Development Team provides a natural progression for elite players who have followed a Centre of Excellence (COE) pathway at both Arsenal Ladies and other COEs across the country and is primarily targeted at 17-21 year olds. The Development Team competes in the WSL Development League (Southern Region) and the National Development Cup.

The training programme for the Arsenal Ladies Development Squad follows an intensive schedule that includes squad training sessions, strength and conditioning sessions, as well as opportunities to train with the 1st team if appropriate. Training takes place within high quality learning environments at excellent training venues.

Although the development team competes in the Development League and Cup, where players will be involved in a highly competitive environment, the main intention at Arsenal Ladies is to build towards preparing players for the First Team. As part of the process of preparing players for the first team, not only do the players have a training schedule, but they also benefit from individual 1-2-1 work as well as Player Development Reviews throughout the year to continually set targets and to provide them with the best opportunity to move forward in to First Team football.

We are looking to recruit players for the forthcoming 2014-2015 Development League Season and we will be holding trials on Monday 2nd June 2014 & Monday 23rd June 2014, 7pm-9pm at the University of Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire Sports Village, de Havilland Campus, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 9EU.

Players interested in trialling should fill in the online application below and ideally should meet the following criteria:

  • Born 1995-1997
  • Centre of Excellence Experience Preferred
  • International Youth Experience Preferred

Please note that you may not be invited to trial/contacted if you do not meet the above criteria.

Arsenal Ladies Development Team

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