Football: Update on Essex’s Girls Regional Talent Club

AN update has been provided by Essex’s Girls Regional Talent Club (RTC) about plans to prepare for the new campaign, including confirmation existing players within the programme will be invited back to participate when football resumes for the 2020/21 season.

The suspension of grassroots football meant the RTC were unable to provide the usual levels of support and development to the players who joined the programme during 2019/20. With that in mind and, knowing the uncertainty football faces, the RTC have decided to offer all existing players the opportunity to return for 2020/21.

It is important to honour the commitment of the players last season and reciprocate by continuing to support and develop them next season. This means the recruitment opportunities for next season are limited, with no trials due to take place. However, an Expression of Interest Form can be accessed at www.essexfa.com for the following spaces:

Under 10s (two spaces of no specific ‘position’)
Under 12s (three spaces of no specific ‘position’)
Under 14s (goalkeeper – Under 13s in 2020/21 or Under 14s in 2020/21)
Under 16s (goalkeeper – Under 15s in 2020/21)

The Expression of Interest Form will allow the RTC’s Technical Director to make initial assessments on the information provided, and will determine if an opportunity to train will be offered. It’s envisioned this training opportunity will be in the month of August, in-line with The FA’s and the Government’s guidelines.

Danielle Warnes, Essex County FA Regional Talent Club Manager, explained: “I know many of you will be disappointed that you are unable to trial with us this summer. We strongly encourage you to not give up. Continue to work hard and develop at your existing or new club.”

“Development and progression don’t just happen in one place, it can, and does, happen everywhere. Keep enjoying the game with a smile on your face and I am sure opportunities will arise in future seasons. Until then, stay safe and alert.”

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