Girls PDC

The Girls' Player Development Centre aims to offer selected players the opportunity to learn the skills needed to play football at the highest level.

Suffolk Football Association is one of 30 County FA's who have been granted a Player Development Centre (PDC) for the 2012-13 season.

Suffolk FA is also delighted that Ipswich company KBB (East Anglia) Kitchens, Bathrooms and Bedrooms is supported the PDC.

The Suffolk FA's PDC will work in partnership with The FA's Girls' Centres of Excellence in the Eastern Region. It will also be accessible to all grassroots teams and schools in Suffolk with the aim of bridging the gap between grassroots football and the coaching available at centres of excellence.

The PDC is governed and part funded by The FA and to this end players will be observed by centre of excellence scouts from time to time. The Suffolk FA is pleased to confirm our PDC will work in partnership with centres of excellence run by Colchester United, Norwich City, and Cambridge Girls, The FA Tesco Skills Team and Suffolk Girls' League to ensure that players find the right path for their development.

Objectives of the Centre

The aim of the Centre is to offer young players with potential the best coaching environment to assist with their development in football.

This is achieved through coaching the players through a programme where they will be challenged in line with The FA's 4 Corner Model (technically, physically, psychologically and socially).

Whilst the primary aim of the Centre is to develop players, the secondary aim is to develop coaches, by encouraging grassroots football coaches to attend the PDC and observe the sessions. It is hoped that by doing this coaches will develop new ideas which they can use in their own sessions.

The PDC will operate the following age bands: U11, U13 and U15. Each age group will attend sessions for two blocks of 10 weeks, with one training session per week on a Friday night at Suffolk One College Astroturf Pitch (U11 6:30pm -7:30pm, U13 6:30pm - 8pm, U15 7:30pm -9pm).

Assessment of players

When assessing players the most common question asked is 'what do you look for?' When assessing and selecting players the Centre will not look forf the tallest, the quickest or the strongest players. Instead, the Centre will take physical attributes into account but also focus on how players best use their attributes to benefit from the game. Player assessment will be based on the following attributes:

  • Technical ability
  • Decision making
  • Game understanding
  • Fundamentals (agility, balance, co-ordination)
  • Attitude (on and off the pitch)

PDC and the player pathway

Where does the PDC fit along the player pathway? The PDC is situated in between grassroots football and centres of excellence to bridge that gap.

The link between the PDC and centres of excellence across the region will be reinforced by scouts from the centres assessing players from the PDC and the Centre Director recommending players to move up the pathway.

Key Contacts

Sue Wells
Girls and Women's Development Officer
01449 776314

Matt Johnstone 
Suffolk Football Association's Player Development Centre Manager
0774951 8384

Emma Manning
FA Skills Coach (Ipswich)
07572 067165

KBB (East Anglia)

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