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Girls Advanced Coaching Centre

England Talent Pathway


The FA Girls' England Talent Pathway, Advanced Coaching Centre was created for the 2014/15 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 pathway ensures the player’s development, health and wellbeing is at the forefront of the programme, and aims to support our elite players as they strive to reach world class level. Dorset FA run the Advanced Coaching Centre (ACC) as part of the pathway and offer opportunities for players to progress up the England Girls' Talent Pathway.

The Football Association determines the criteria regarding the standards of organisation, facilities and personnel. These strict criteria must be met prior to a Centre being awarded a Licence to operate. The Football Association monitor the Centres by way of visits and consultations, to ensure that the Centres standards are continually met and surpassed.

The centre draws on the skills and experience of a variety of people, the coaching, medical, welfare and administrative staff. It is not only committed to the development of the players, but to the development of its staff, to ensure that players are given the best opportunity, in the right environment to have fun, learn and develop and achieve the best they can be.

It is a considerable achievement to be selected for an FA Advanced Coaching Centre and we look forward to working with parents /guardians and most importantly the players to help them realise their full potential within the game.

The Girls ACC is sponsored by UK Global



The Dorset Girls’ ACC is run as part of the FA's Lioness Talent Pathway. The ACC is designed to complement grassroots club football by providing selected players with an additional weekly training session.

Players must commit to attending weekly sessions on a Wednesday evening at The Blandford School (3G pitch), and will be afforded the opportunity to work with other ‘elite’ players; and play against other FA Approved Centres.


Trial Dates and Times

Under 12 Age Group:

Option 1: Saturday 3rd July 2021 - 9.30am - 11.00am

Option 2: Wednesday 7th July 2021 - 6.15pm - 7.45pm


Under 14 Age Group:

Option 1: Saturday 3rd July 2021- 10.30am - 12 noon

Option 2: Wednesday 7th July 2021 - 7.00pm - 8.30pm


Under 16 Age Group:

Option 1: Saturday 3rd July 2021 - 9.30am - 11.00am

Option 2: Wednesday 7th July 2021 - 6.15pm - 7.45pm


All trials will take place at The Blandford School, Milldown Road, Blandford, DT11 7SQ.

We advise that players register to attend both trials in their respective age group.


All players MUST register to attend the trials.


Players must live within a 90 minute travel time of The Blandford School, DT11 7SQ to be eligible. 

Age groups are U12, U14 & U16 for the 2021/22 season.





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


Registration closes on Friday 25th June 2021. No late entries will be accepted.

All information is subject to being granted an FA Licence.


Absolutely. Players who show elite potential from ACC'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).

£110 per season (training kit is provided).

Dorset Girls ACC 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 ACC enquiries please contact:

Jemma Tewkesbury
(Football Development Officer)

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

By Email:

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