Thursday 29 March 2018

ACADEMY: Wildcats Launch 16-19 Football Academy

Durham Women Football Club are delighted to announce the launch of our Girls’ Football Academy, delivered in partnership with Durham Sixth Form Centre.

The academy will form a key part of the clubs’ player pathway and will give aspiring footballers aged 16-19 the opportunity to combine playing football with studying for A-Level or BTEC qualifications.

Players will represent Durham Women FC in the National Football Youth League as FA Women’s Super League sides are now able to join the prestigious league for the first time in 2018/19.

The league attracts some of the best players from around the country and will see the Wildcats take on teams such as Chelsea, Burnley, Southampton and Aston Villa with fixtures played on Wednesday afternoons.

Players in our Girls’ Football Academy will also have the opportunity to represent Durham Women FC as part of one of our squads which will compete in the FA Women’s Premier League (including reserves) or FA Women’s Super League 2 in 2018/19.

In addition to their football, players of the academy will study with our educational partner, Durham Sixth Form Centre.

Durham Sixth Form Centre, which was recently rated ‘Outstanding’ by OFTSED, offers an extensive range of BTEC and A-Level courses. You can find out more about the courses on offer HERE.

One player who has already benefitted from this scheme is Megan Elliott. The young centre half studied at Durham Sixth Form Centre while representing Durham Women FC in the FA WSL Development League and the North East Regional Women's Football League.

Away from her football, Elliott also secured a place at university thanks to the academic support on offer from Durham Sixth Form Centre.

And Elliott is keen for more players to take advantage of what the academy offers, as she said: “I enjoyed my two years at Durham Sixth Form Centre as they gave me a great opportunity to combine high-standard training at the Football Academy with completing my studies.

"The fact that it was also connected to an FA WSL club in Durham Women and a great university in Durham University was another big positive, and I would recommend this Academy to anyone looking to play football at the highest level while also wanting to further their studies.”

If you’re interested in being a part of this exciting new academy, please attend one of our open trials.

The trials will be held at The Graham Sports Centre, Maiden Castle, Durham (DH1 3SE) on the following dates:

  • Thursday 19th April, 5-6pm
  • Thursday 10th May, 5-6pm

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