New Essex football centre aims to produce next Lionesses
Football / Mon 5th Sep 2022 at 09:31am
A NEW football centre of excellence hopes to produce the next generation of female players and coaches reports the BBC.
The University of Essex will be the first FA women’s high performance centre in the East of England.
It was part of further development of the women’s game following England’s historic Euro 2022 victory.
Tracy Lewis, from the university, said: “It’ll help those girls and women in the region to fulfil their dreams and hopefully become a Lioness.”
The centre will work on developing players and coaches from Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire.
More than £160,000 of funding has been awarded to the University of Essex over the next two years, as one of two new centres, along with Birmingham City University.
The university already has existing partnerships with clubs like Ipswich Town, Billericay Town, Hashtag United and AFC Sudbury, and is one of 12 universities that support Women’s Super League Academies.
Ms Lewis, a lecturer at the university’s school of sport, rehabilitation and exercise sciences, said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for the University of Essex and this region.”
She said the centre would “build and grow elite coaches” and roles such as sports scientists and therapists.
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Equivalent to boys u15 side at best.
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