There are 30 FA licensed centres of excellence across the country where the girls in the age groups will play fixtures against other centres in their region.
Centres of excellences provide a training and fixture programme (2 nights of training and a fixture at the weekend). Centres will also play in friendly fixtures and festivals outside of the region to gain more knowledge and experience of the game. The U17 age groups will compete in a national Centre of Excellence cup.
The "Philosophy" of the centre is to disseminate technical, tactical and theoretical information to each player stimulating the players learning. The coaching programme encompasses the principles of Long Term Player Development (LTPD) as set out in the FA LTPD introductory guide for Women and Girls' football.
In Derbyshire, The FA license for the centre sits with Derby County Football Club. For more information please contact:
Derby County Centre of Excellence
Derby County Football Club
Pride Park Stadium