The centre, which will be licenced and supported by the Football Association and sponsored by HomeStore Self Storage, will provide talented young female players throughout Suffolk and the surrounding areas with weekly additional training and fixtures, whilst still playing for their clubs.
Suffolk FA Girls’ and Women’s Football Development Officer Paige Shorten said: “The centre will offer those players an opportunity to progress in football and access appropriate levels of coaching and support throughout the talent pathway, enabling the programme to reach its ultimate goal in producing elite female players to compete at international level.
“An FA Advanced Coaching Centre is the pinnacle playing opportunity for talented players in the area and offers a direct opportunity to progress into international football.”
The Girls’ Advanced Coaching Centre will provide girls at U12, U14 and U16 age groups with season-long coaching once a week on the 3G pitch at Ipswich Academy and a fixture programme with a minimum of six fixtures a season to support the girls’ development.
This bespoke pathway for the East of England will ensure talented young females across Suffolk are given every opportunity of progressing through the Female Elite Talent Pathway.
The Girls’ ACC staff for the 2016-17 season have been appointed as follows:
Centre Manager: Andy Reynolds
Under-16s Head Coach: Mark Willis
Under-16s Assistant Coach: Tom Leeder
Under-14s Head Coach: Paige Shorten
Under-14s Assistant Coach: Andy Reynolds
Under-12s Head Coach: Chris Isted
Under-12s Assistant Coach: Tom Parkington
Physical Performance Coach: Russell Turner
Physio: Wendy Atkinson
To find out more about the Advanced Coaching Centre please contact Andy Reynolds - Suffolk FA Girls’ ACC Centre Manager for any enquiries on Andy.Reynolds@TheFA.com or 07943 150381