Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA was the first County FA to appoint a Football Development Officer to deal with the demand and popularity of the game for girls and women.
Through the County FA there are a number of opportunities, operating across the county to give females, no matter what age, to get involved in football.
Sheffield and Hallamshire Girls County League provides clubs with the chance to play in a league from U9 to U18 age groups, providing mini soccer, non-competitive football for U9 and U10, with friendly competition for U11 – U18. Teams play on a Saturday morning, completing a full fixture programme, providing healthy competitive and enjoyable football. Please visit www.shgcl.co.uk/ for more information.
By working closely with the Sheffield and Hallamshire Women’s County League, S&H Girls league, provides opportunities for U18 teams to make the transition into the open age league. The Women’s league provides females aged 16 and above to play, with 2 divisions playing 11-a-side football.
If you are looking for a club, please use the ‘Find a Club’ link to find Girls and Women’s teams in your local area.
The County FA is currently working hard to set up female “Mash Up” sessions for 12-17 year olds and female Just Play for 16+. To search for a session that is close to you, look on our Just Play website and enter your postcode http://www.thefa.com/my-football/justplay/
If you have any questions or would like some more information about how to get involved in football, please contact Eva Egginton on 0114 241 4992 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Girls Talent Pathway
Across Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA, there is the opportunity provide girls access to the talent pathway, and provide a clear route for elite players to reach their potential and play at the highest level. There are openings for girls to join a Centre of Excellence or the Player Development Centre.
The Centre of Excellence is an advanced coaching centre, which caters for U9, U11, U13, U15 and U17 age groups, working with around 80 young female players each year. Each newly enrolled player initially receives 4 hours of coaching each week, with a weekly fixture programme and will be eventually be accepted into the Centre when the player is ready.
The CofE provides players with the support required to become an elite player around all four corners of a player’s development (technical, physical, social and psychological).
Players are not allowed to play for a CofE and a for a grassroots club. Being part of the Centre of Excellence provides opportunities for girls to be looked at by the FA, which could result in being invited to take part in England U15/U17 camps.
Sheffield United Girls Centre of Excellence operates from the Sheffield United FC Academy and have had success in the past with players selected for England camps and with graduates from the Centre playing for Doncaster Rovers Belles in the FA Women’s Super League and Sheffield FC Ladies in the Women’s Premier League. For more information, check out their website - http://www.sugcoe.com/
The Player Development Centre operates underneath the CofE, providing a stepping stone for players between grassroots and the CofE.
The PDC, which is administered and operated by the County FA. provides extra training and support for grassroots football. Whilst enabling every player to continue to play for their local grassroots club, receiving one extra night of training and support from appropriately qualified coaches.
Sheffield & Hallamshire Girls PDC will be running open trials in October 2014, based at Sheffield Springs Academy, Hurlfield Road. For more information, please contact the centre manager, Julie Grundy via e-mail: email@example.com , or contact Eva Egginton, Girls Women’s and Inclusion Football Development Officer on 0114 241 4992 or firstname.lastname@example.org