Congratulations to all the Arsenal Women youth players who have received England squad call ups this season. The following players have been included in the respective England squads and attended international camps/fixtures so far this season:
England U-17s - Paige Bailey Gayle, Shauna Vassell, Hannah Dawbarn
England U-16s - Ruby Grant, Gracie Pearse
England U-15s - Ruby Mace, Grace Garrad, Rachel Harle, Emily Murphy, Michelle Figueroa, Melis Mehmet, Wiktoria Kiszikis, Wiktoria Fronc, Anouk Denton, Chelise Fleming, Ruffa Meger
England U-14s National Performance Camp - Teyah Goldie, Louise Davis, Lucy Wood, Halle Houssein, Alex Hennessey, Natalia Negri
Girls Youth Academy (FA Regional Talent Club - Tier 1)
In May 2016, Arsenal Women were granted a 3 year licence by the FA to become one of 13 Tier 1 approved FA Regional Talent Clubs across the UK. This new talent pathway replaces the previous Centre of Excellence structure that had been in place since 1997.
Arsenal Women are extremely proud to be the only London club to achieve Tier 1 status demonstrating the continued high level of provision in developing female elite youth players.
Over the years, Arsenal have seen many young female players come through the ranks and with an increased commitment to support this development, we hope that many more players will progress through the talent pathway to play for both Arsenal Women First team as well as gain International honours.
Current first-team players such as Alex Scott, Leah Williamson, Lauren James, Anna Filbey and Ava Kuyken have all come through our youth development pathway.
Girls Youth Academy (RTC) Trials - 2018/19
Applications to trial for the Arsenal Girls Youth Academy (RTC) for the 2018/19 season open in early March 2018.
Our under-16s lift the FA Youth Cup in April 2017
Age Group Eligibility for Trials
The eligible age groups and cut off dates for the different age groups run from the 1st September each year to align with school years. We offer the opportunity to trial for places in the following age groups:
U9s Development Squad - (School Years 3 & 4) Players born from September 1, 2009 - August 31, 2011
U10s - (School Years 4 & 5) Players born from September 1, 2008 - August 31, 2010
U12s - (School Years 6 & 7) Players born from September 1, 2006 - August 31, 2008
U14s - (School Years 8 & 9) Players born from September 1, 2004 - August 31, 2006
U16s - (School Years 10 & 11) Players born from September 1, 2002 - August 31, 2004
To apply you must meet all these criteria to be considered for our Girls Youth Academy (RTC) teams including:
- You must have been born between 1st September 2002 and 31st August 2010 to be eligible for the RTC trials/squads OR between 1st September 2009 - 31st August 2011 to be eligible for the U9s Development trials.
- Your home postcode must be within 1 hour and 30 minutes of travel time of our training base postcode: AL2 1DR
- You must have an English parent or an English grandparent OR you must have been educated in England for at least five consecutive years.
Any places offered with the RTC are dependent on Arsenal Women FC renewing their FA License to operate as an RTC for the 2018/2019 season.
Please be aware that all players that attend our trials will also be considered for our Player Development Programme, which sits beneath our Girls Youth Academy (RTC). This ensures we continually monitor progress and support the development of those players that may not have been successful in gaining a place in our Girls Youth Academy (RTC) squads but we feel have potential to achieve this in the future.
For more information regarding our Player Development Programme, please click here
Arsenal Women Talent Pathway
In 2016, The Football Association launched a new Talent Pathway for Women's Football, The Plan aimed to provide a sound structure for the development of elite talent in the female game.
An integral part of this plan was the establishment and development of opportunities for elite girls aged 9 to 16 through "Regional Talent Clubs or RTC's as they are known".
The purpose of the Arsenal Girls Youth Academy (RTC) is to identify female players of outstanding ability and place them in a development programme that is designed to produce excellent players and well balanced young people.
At Arsenal Women, this part of the pathway enables girls up to the age of 16 to play football at elite level, with our aim being that many of these players will then progress into our U-21s FA WSL Academy Team.
Arsenal Women’s captain and England international Alex Scott MBE joined our youth programme at eight years old
Leah Williamson starred in our FA Cup Final win in 2016 also played for us as part of our youth programme from the age of nine
Girls Youth Academy (RTC) Commitments
Those who are successful in gaining a place within the Girls Youth Academy will receive weekly coaching from our highly-qualified, experienced coaches and support from a highly-qualified team of goalkeeper coaches, physios, sports therapists, strength and conditioning coaches, sports psychologists and education/lifestyle support.
The U9s Development Squad train one night per week while they continue to play and train for their grassroots club team.
The U10s and U12s train for two hours, two nights per week and the U14s and U16s train for two hours for three nights per week at various training venues, including Hertfordshire University, Boreham Wood Football Club, London Maccabi Sports Ground and the Arsenal Training Centre in London Colney.
U16s completing their weekly Strength & Conditioning Programme at Performance Hertfordshire
The U10s and U12s currently play in the Watford Friendly League (boys' grassroots league) and the U14s and U16s play in the FA RTC Tier 1 - South League.
The league includes other Tier 1 football clubs such as Southampton, Brighton, Leicester and Birmingham.
All age groups also play against other Tier 2 and Tier 3 RTC's such as Chelsea, Millwall, Reading and Essex in additional friendly fixtures.
Other fixtures are also arranged to play against boys' grassroots and academy teams.
The U16s also compete in the Girls FA Youth Cup, which they have won on four occasions in 2012-13, 2014-15, 2015-16 & 2016-17
Trips, Tours and Preseason Camps
Another vital part of our player development programme is the opportunity to travel with their teams and play foreign opposition.
Each season features tours and matches against sides from various clubs in Europe and the United States. In recent years, teams have visited Italy, France, Germany and also the USA to play in the Dallas Cup.
All age groups also attend a pre-season training camp at Oakham School which offers girls from all age groups the opportunity to spend time away from home with their team-mates as part of a personal development and team-building programme to prepare for the start of the season.
Girls Youth Academy (RTC) Player Support Team
Responsibility for the delivery of the programme rests with our Technical Director, Tessa Payne, who is a UEFA A Licence coach and previously worked for The FA within within various roles including coaching within the England Women's youth set-up, Regional Coach Development Manager and Regional Talent ID Coordinator. Tessa is also an FA Coach Educator and Talent ID Tutor.
Angela Cuerden is the Club Manager who manages the logistics of the programme on a daily basis as well as assisting with the U-16's age group. Angela has been with the club for 12 years and also holds a UEFA A licence.
All the coaching and support team that are employed by Arsenal Women come with exceptional knowledge, vast experience and are highly-qualified to help develop the next generation of female elite players for the club.
All staff also hold FA Enhanced DBS/CRB checks, up-to-date FA Safeguarding and Emergency Aid qualifications and all attend regular Continuing Professional Development seminars and meetings.
The Girls Youth Academy offers superb training and playing facilities and, as well as playing football, the girls benefit from individualised technical and tactical training programmes, strength and conditioning programmes, sports psychology support, health awareness as well as nutrition and lifestyle workshops.
The Arsenal Women's youth programme is now entering its 19th year and many well-known female players have progressed through the youth system and since gone on to represent Arsenal Women first team as well as gaining international honours.
Our coaches and support team rarely leave us, but when they do any vacancies are advertised at www.arsenaljobs.com
We look for well-qualified ambitious, enthusiastic and deeply-committed coaches, physiotherapists, sports therapists, strength and conditioning coaches as well as performance analysts to provide support to all our teams.
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