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TRIALS - Dorset FA’s Emerging Talent Centre and U10 Training Development Centre

Dorset FA Girls’ Emerging Talent Centre (ETC) and Under 10 Training Development Centre (TDC) – trials for 2023-24 season.

We are delighted to announce the date for next season’s trials.

The trials will take place at Blandford School, DT11 7SQ for the U10, U12, U14 and U16 age groups on Wednesday 5th and Wednesday 12th July 2023.

These STAGE ONE trials are for new players who were not part of the Dorset FA Girls' Emerging Talent Centre last season (2022-23).

Under 10s TDC - Wednesday 5th July & Wednesday 12th July 2023 @ 5.45pm-6.45pm
Under 12s ETC - Wednesday 5th July & Wednesday 12th July 2023 @ 5.45pm-7.15pm
Under 14s ETC - Wednesday 5th July & Wednesday 12th July 2023 @ 7pm-8.30pm
Under 16s ETC - Wednesday 5th July & Wednesday 12th July 2023 @ 6.30pm-8pm

UNDER 10 – born between 01/09/2013 – 31/08/2015 (school year 4 & 5 as of 1st September 2023)
UNDER 12 - born between 01/09/2011 - 31/08/2013 (school year 6 & 7 as of 1st September 2023)
UNDER 14 - born between 01/09/2009 - 31/08/2011 (school year 8 & 9 as of 1st September 2023)
UNDER 16 - born between 01/09/2007 - 31/08/2009 (school year 10 & 11 as of 1st September 2023)

U10 Age Group - will be concluded after the above trial dates.
U12 Age Group - some players will be selected to attend Stage 2 on 19th July 2023.
U14 and U16 Age Group - some players will be selected to attend Stage 2 on 19th and 26th July 2023.

Information about the Centre

The TDC and ETC offer additional playing opportunities for players, alongside their grassroots football.

Players must commit to attending weekly sessions on a Wednesday evening at The Blandford School throughout the 2023-24 season.

Players should travel no more than one hour each way to training. Players can only attend one ETC. There is a cost to attend the Centre for the season, which will be no more than £120. Support available for low-income families.

You can read more about the ETCs HERE 

For more information contact Jemma Tewkesbury (Centre Manager) on  or 01202 688279

Register your place 



The FA Girls' England Talent Pathway, Emerging Talent Centre (ETC) was created for the 2022/23 Season. The main purpose of an Emerging Talent Centre is Talent ID: To identify and develop future potential players by providing local, accessible high-quality training environments.

The new Centres will offer increased playing time, varied football formats and allow players to play for both an Emerging Talent Centre and a grassroots club, school, or representative team, which we hope will enhance the variety of playing experiences. 

Previously the Advanced Coaching Centre was delivered  from 2014/15 to 2021/22 season. It has brought a new player-focused approach to elite female youth football, ensuring the pathway is accessible as well as both supportive and educational.

The Ultimate Goals of the ETC:

  • Double the number of players within the system
  • Ensure any young player with potential can access an ETC
  • Delay player selection decisions into performance squads, until players are slightly older
  • Almost double the number of training environments that young players can access
  • Increase playing time and offer a varied and enhanced football experiences
  • Increase the quality and diversity of players who progress through the pathway
GIRLS emerging talent CENTRE FAQs

Absolutely. Players who show elite potential from ETC's, RTC's and the grassroots game are eligible to be selected and attend Regional Development Camps, National Performance Camps (NPC) and England Camps.

Yes you can.

Trials take place in June/July (subject to receiving an FA Licence).

Dorset Girls ETC operates squads at U12, U14, U16 age group, so you must be at least 10 years on 31st August and no older that 15 years on 31st August.

Get In Touch

For all ETC enquiries please contact:

Jemma Tewkesbury
(Football Development Officer)

By Phone: 01202 688279
(8.30am - 4.30pm Monday - Friday)

By Email:

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