Women and Girls' Football

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Welcome to the Women’s and Girls' Football Development section of our website.

Durham County FA help organise, develop and support a wide range of opportunities for females of all ages to participate within football and provide support to clubs, players, coaches and volunteers.

For Girls

You can find all information about girls and womens football on this dedicated FA site - https://forgirls.thefa.com/

FA SSE Wildcats

The programme will see 200 SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Clubs opening throughout England this spring, each run in conjunction with the local County FA and their key partners.   The move will provide girls aged from 5 to 11 with regular opportunities to play football and take part in organised sessions in a fun, engaging and safe environment over a minimum 16 week period.

The project is an integral part of The FA’s objective to double girls’ football participation by 2020 and has been established in a joint partnership between The FA and SSE, supporters of girls’ football participation and sponsor of the SSE Women’s FA Cup
The new SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Clubs in Durham County FA will be taking place at:

Durham United F.C.

Venue: Sir Bobby Robson centre Ushaw moor, DH7 7NG
Start Date: 20th March 2017
Session Times: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Contact: Matt Stevenson - E: mattstevenson@simplysportltd.co.uk T: 07904915207
Cost: £2.00 per session

Darlington Spraire Lads and Lasses
Venue: Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, Sports Hall, Vane Road, Darlington
Start Date: Tuesday 21st March 2017
Session Time: 4.30pm - 5.30 pm
Contact: Dave Scott E: djscott251@ntlworld.com
Cost: £1.00 per session

Chester le Street Amazons
Venue: Park View CA, Chester-le-Street DH3 3PW
Start Date: Wednesday 22nd March 2017
Session Time: 5.45pm - 6.45pm
Contact:  Julie Scurfield E: julie.scurfield@sky.com T: 07884345888
Cost: £2.00 per session or £5.00 per month

Washington A.F.C.
Venue: Northumbria centre, Washington NE37 3HR
Start Date: Thursday 23rd March
Session Times: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Contact: Gary Sykes – T: 07743820274 E: GarySkyes@WashingtonAFC.com
Cost: First 4 weeks free then £1.00 per session

Gateshead Football Club
Venue: Ryton and Crawcrook Albion FC, NE40 3SN
Time: Wednesdays 5.00 - 6.00pm
Contact: Brian Waites T: 0191 478 3883
Cost: First 6vsessions free (£1.50 per session) 

Newton Aycliffe Youth F.C.
Venue: Greenfield Community College, Greenfield Way , Newton Aycliffe  DL5 7LF (3G Pitch)
Start Date: Sunday 26th March 2017
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Contact: Berni Borsberry T: 07939045242 E: bernib1102@yahoo.co.uk
Cost: £1.00 per session

Jarrow Youth F.C.
Venue: Valley View School, Jarrow, NE32 5QY
Start Date: Friday 7th April
Session Time: 4.00pm – 5.00pm
Contact: John Topping E: John.Topping@DurhamFA.com T:0191 3872928
Cost: £1.00 per session

Hartlepool 6th Form
Venue: Hartlepool 6th Form College, Blakelock Road, Hartlepool, TS25 5PF
Start Date: 18th April 2017
Session Time: 4.30pm – 5.30pm
Contact: Ian Hewitson – T: 01429 294444 E: ian.hewitt@hpoolsfc.ac.uk 
Cost: £2.00 per session

The SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Clubs will run in the spring and through to the summer on a weekly basis, either at weekends, after school or during the evening.  Parents and carers who attend with the girls will also have the optional opportunity to take part in football-related fitness sessions at the same time as the girls.

For details of how girls can sign-up to join the clubs please contact Alysha Cook on 0191 3872929 / Alysha.Cook@DurhamFA.com

What is The Talent Development Pathway?

The Girls’ England Talent Pathway has been put in place to support the identification and development of those with elite potential, and to ensure that appropriate playing opportunities are in place to enable players to fulfil their developmental needs. The growth of the game over the past 10 years for girls and women has been incredible, both within the domestic and international remit. Due to the ever changing landscape of the game The FA have reviewed the current infrastructure ensuring that the player pathway meets the demands of producing talented players to compete on an international stage.   

Regional Talent Clubs (RTC)

A new Regional Talent Club (RTC) programme has been launched which will include greater support to clubs who are working with our most talented players. The RTCs will replace all Centres of Excellences. The FA Girls’ Centre of Excellence programme has shown that clubs require opportunity to grow and develop at different rates according to their maturity and growth, as well as the grassroots infrastructure beneath them. The elements of funding and support are required to be different and there is a need to benchmark and level the delivery of the programme across a tiered concept as opposed to a one size fits all model. There has been 35 licences granted across the 3 tiers and licences have been awarded for a maximum of 3 years subject to Sport England and FA funding, and meeting the licence criteria.

Our two Regional Centres for Durham County are Sunderland Foundation of Light (Tier 1) and Durham WFC (Tier 3). Should you wish to nominate any players please contact:

Sunderland Foundation of Light: Dominic Oliver: Dominic.Oliver@foundationoflight.co.uk

Durham Women’s FC: rtccentremanager@durhamwfc.co.uk

If you have any further questions about the RTCs please do not hesitate to contact me (Alysha.Cook@DurhamFA.com / 0191 3872929) or please follow the link to the FA website for further RTC information: www.thefa.com/news/fawsl/2015/oct/application-process-new-fa-girls-regional-talent-clubs-261015

Girls’ Football

Russell Foster Girls’ Youth League runs its leagues from U9s girls – U18s girl’s football.

From 18+ girls teams are signposted in to the Durham County FA County Women’s League.

For more information on starting up any girls teams or for more information on entering the Russell Foster League please contact the below:

New teams – Alysha Cook : Alysha.Cook@DurhamFA.com / 0191 3872928

Entry into the Russell Foster League – Mick Clark on 0191 5842120


Women’s Football

We have over 50 women's teams across the County providing opportunities for adults of all abilities to get involved. Whether you want to try football for the first time or are an experienced player, we have clubs in the County Leagues right through to The FA Women's Premier League and FA WSL.

Get Fit with Soccercise

We have a range of Soccercise sessions taking place across the County; these sessions are for females aged 16+ and vary from being delivered on club sites, college sites and University sites.

Soccercsie can help introduce you to football, re-familiarise those who haven’t played for a while and even form part of a pre-season training programme for those club who would be interested in using this idea.

If you would like to attend a Soccercise session please contact Alysha Cook on Alysha.Cook@DurhamFA.com / 0191 3872928

External links

(Durham County FA take no responsibility for content of external links)

Sport England - Welcoming Women and Girls to your club

We Can Play - www.thefa.com/wecanplay
She Kicks - www.shekicks.net/
The FA - www.thefa.com/forGirls
FA Womens Super League - www.fawsl.com/

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