Birmingham to host one of eight new high performance centres for women’s football


Birmingham will be home to one of eight new high performance centres for women’s football across the UK.

The University of Birmingham will host the facility as part of a Football Association initiative to increase participation and develop the women’s game.

The centre will act as a hub for the region and help develop the next generation of coaches and players.

Gemma Davies, head of women’s football and football development officer at the University of Birmingham, said: “We are really excited to be selected to be a women’s high performance centre.

“We have so much we want to build on – from broadening our grass-roots coaching and support for workforce development, to continuing the drive to support high performance players and coaches.

“It’s a great time to be a centre for developing those with aspirations to perform at the very highest level, whether as coaches, players, or any number of supporting roles across the sport.”

Other centres will be in Manchester , Chichester, Gloucester, Northumbria, Nottingham, Sheffield and London.

Baroness Sue Campbell, the Football Association’s head of women’s football, said: “The establishment of these centres is a further proof point of The FA’s commitment to transform the future of women’s football in England.

“They will ensure aspiring coaches and talented players in all parts of the country have access to the best training and support possible, providing us with the greatest opportunity for success at all levels of international football.”


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