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Female footballers given a boost by exciting new plans

Words by Abi Scaife

The Football Association has announced new plans to help young female footballers across the UK.

Amazing! What are they?

The FA have said that they want all young, female football players to have access to high-quality coaching - as many young boys do already. 

So, the FA have decided to set up ‘Emerging Talent Centres’ (ETCs) across the UK, designs to help young girls who love football between the ages of eight and 16. 

Tell me more.

These 70 new ETCs will replace the FA’s Regional Talent Centres and Advanced Coaching Centres.

The hope is that these changes will allow young, female football players to have an environment where they can blossom and grow - and hopefully become the next generation of Lionesses!

Is there anything else?

Yep - funding from the Premiere League has been set aside to encourage more female coaches, so that young girls have more female role models in football.

Plus, the FA have announced Pro Game Academies (PGAs) designed for developing older players, girls between 14 and 20.

Between all of these changes, the FA hopes to see the number of girls on their talent rosters more than double. 

This article aligns with the UN SDG Gender Equality.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs

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