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Delivering a pathway where likeminded, local, talented footballers can maximise their personal progression both on and off the pitch

The Girls’ Football Development Programme is designed to help young talented female footballers reach their full potential.

With age groups from U8 through to U16, our programme is tailored to give players the best opportunity to progress technically as a footballer and to help them develop socially and psychologically.

We deliver our Girls’ Football Development Programme across a three-tier system, through the Academy Development Programme (ADP), the Elite Player Development Centre (EPDC) and the Player Development Centre (PDC).

The Academy Development Programme is the top tier of our provision.

Training takes place on Thursday evenings at Open Academy.

The programme includes:

  • 32 weeks of 1.5hr training sessions, on 3G pitches.
  • Minimum of 11 competitive fixtures across the season against the likes of Chelsea, Crystal Palace and local mixed teams.
  • Four development training days throughout the year.
  • Tours, festivals and tournaments.
  • Two player progress reports a season.
  • Access to Norwich City FC match tickets and experiences when available

The Elite Player Development Centre forms the second tier of our provision.

Training takes place on Tuesday evenings at Easton College & The FDC.

The programme includes:

  • 30 weeks of 1.5hr training sessions, on 3G pitches.
  • Minimum of 4 competitive fixtures across the season against the likes of Cambridge United, Reading & Peterborough United.
  • Four development training days throughout the year.
  • Tours, festivals and tournaments.
  • Two player progress reports a season.

The Player Development Centre forms the third tier of our provision.

Training takes place on Tuesday evenings at the FDC in Bowthorpe.

The programme includes:

  • 30 weeks of 1.5hr training sessions, on 3G pitches.
  • Four development days across the season
  • Tours, festivals and tournaments and player progress reports

GK PDC
The goalkeeper PDC takes place on Tuesday evenings at the FDC.

The programme includes:

  • 30 weeks of 1.5hr training sessions, both outdoor and indoor (futsal)
  • Four development days across the season
  • Fixtures for selected goalkeepers
  • Tours, festivals and tournaments
  • Player progress reports

The FA Advanced Coaching Centre is part of the FA girls’ talent pathway and will be delivered by the Norwich City Community Sports Foundation on behalf of the Norfolk FA.

The ACC is designed to support the development of elite female players.

The centre is a supplementary training and games programme and will complement both girls’ existing grassroots football as well as CSF’s Football Development Programme tiers.

Each player accepted into the ACC will benefit from 29 weeks of coaching at a central venue as well as six competitive fixtures per season.

Find out more about the ACC FA Advanced Coaching Centre.

Paige's story

Paige's story

From a young age, it was clear to 26-year-old Paige Shorten that football was her passion.

With a long spell at the Foundation’s Girls Centre of Excellence (COE) and now CSF Girls’ Football Development Manager, Paige aims to give females across the eastern region the best opportunities both on and off the pitch.

Read her story