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Girls Emerging Talent Centre

England Talent Pathway


Our Purpose: 

To provide female footballers in Dorset with an opportunity to gain additional coaching and support, to help support their development as a person, but also as a footballer. We aim to use the ETC as a platform to help players reach the highest levels they can as a footballer, whilst gaining skills and experiences to help them in everyday life.

What we offer:

A minimum of 30 weeks of training with FA and UEFA Qualified Coaches.
A variety of fixtures (internal and external) to support the development of our players (estimated 6 fixtures per season).
Safe environment, where players individual development is our priority.

Additional Information:

Players continue to train and play for their grassroots team/s.
Players can only access one ETC a season.  
Players must live within a 60-minute drive from the training venue (Blandford School, DT11 7SQ). We can apply for dispensation if players live outside of this travel time.
Cost to attend the ETC is £100 – Thank you to our Sponsors ABM Steel and Entador Systems for enabling us to reduce the cost to families for the 2024/25 season.  We also have a Player Support Policy in place.
Players are expected to commit to attending our programme. Training takes place on a Wednesday Evening in Blandford, from September to May.

You can read more about the ETCs HERE 

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

The Trials for the 2024/25 season are now OPEN

Please read this Trial Information Document, prior to registering for the trials

Trial Registration will close on Sunday 23rd June 2024.


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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