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Girls Development Centre Trials Announced for 2020/21

4 March 2020

Stevenage FC Foundation is delighted to announce details for the third year of our Girls Development Centre...

Starting in October 2018, the GDC's first season saw great success with over 40 girls being involved over 4 age groups - this leading to the need for an additional session which we evolved into our Girls Football Centre. In the 2019/20 season, numbers doubled, and the creation of Goalkeeper specific sessions were set up.

The Girls Development Centre sessions run weekly throughout the season and are located at Stevenage FC Academy in Shephalbury on Monday evenings for girls aged 8 to 16 years old.

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Coached by FA and UEFA qualified coaches the centre is tailored to give players the best opportunity to progress technically as a footballer and to help them develop socially and psychologically.

The centre is a supplementary training and games programme and will complement girls' existing grassroots football commitments. Our Girls Development Centre allows all players to play for any club side locally as all games against other professional clubs take place in the school holidays.

The sessions are player centred and revolve around technical and game-based scenarios with the emphasis on enjoyment, development and performance. Girls involved in the centre that are not currently signed to clubs will be supported by the Foundation, working with Hertfordshire FA, to find local grassroots football that meets their needs.

Project Manager, Dani Toyn said, "It is so exciting to be heading into our third year of Development Centre and after such a successful first two years I really can't wait to get going again in September.

"The standard of girls we have had over the past two seasons has been excellent and the progression of all players has been evident. I was delighted to set up the GK specific session which enabled us to further grow the numbers this season and provide an opportunity for girls in all positions."

Registrations for the 2020/21 Girls Development Centre Trials are now open, taking place at Shephalbury Sports Academy on Monday 15th June and girls can register by clicking here.

For more information, please contact womenandgirls@stevenagefc.com.

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