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Girl's Centres of Excellence / London Bees Academy Shambles
« on: September 10, 2018, 11:50:27 AM »
So the new girls Academy level setup at London Bees has imploded before the season has even begun.
The positive outcome is that, through the dedication of the U16 and U12 coaches, these teams are likely to continue the season but the U10 and U14 squads will not exist.
Having extensively trialled and offered places to girls in all age groups it appears that a funding shortfall meant that the Academy model they originally planned could not go ahead and they tried to shift the cost to parents, asking for £520 per player for the season.
Whilst a number of suggestions were offered by the Bees to work towards a reduction in these fees no specific plans were offered and many parents were unable/unwilling to trust the club management any longer. The U14 squad started pre season training without a coach and no qualified coach was appointed, instead relying on one of the London Bees players to cover the position.
So now there are players who have no club to train with and have been offered no support from the Bees to help with the situation, despite the fact that some of these girls turned down offers from other RTC's to start with London Bees, a WSL team that is supposed to have a training academy as part of their FA Womens Championship license.
Some girls have managed to return to local teams and some others have been re-trialling at other clubs with available spaces, but the experience has to reflect poorly on the London Bees and their management as well as the Womens FA.
The facilities and Championship status should have provided a welcome addition to the N/NW London area since the demise of the Middlesex Centre of Excellence but, sadly, it seems the London Bees are not yet up to the challenge of running a full academy facility.

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RTC's signed up for a 3 year license which terminates at the end of this season, and were issued a Tier 1, 2 or 3 license from the FA based on their financial commitment to providing certain standards and facilities. A couple of clubs reduced their tier rating during their license period to save money, but it was not relegation as such.
I don't think the FA have announced yet what will replace RTC's or if the current scheme will be expanded or continued. License applications ran from December through April last time and final announcement from FA in June (?) for successful applicants.

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Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: RTC Futsal
« on: August 17, 2018, 07:04:09 PM »
Been at both Centre of Excellence and RTC that had futsal sessions and competitions.

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Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: RTC trials 2017
« on: June 07, 2017, 03:32:48 PM »
http://www.oxfordunitedwfc.co.uk/news/rtc_restructure.html#12535lI33K6OlRpk.97

Oxford Utd RTC dropping to tier 2, despite (or more likely, because of) the new funding program for the senior side.

That's interesting. Do you know anything about the new funding for the senior side and does it apply to other clubs?

https://www.oufc.co.uk/news/2017/may/310517-wsl/

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Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: RTC trials 2017
« on: June 06, 2017, 01:09:37 PM »
http://www.oxfordunitedwfc.co.uk/news/rtc_restructure.html#12535lI33K6OlRpk.97

Oxford Utd RTC dropping to tier 2, despite (or more likely, because of) the new funding program for the senior side.

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Not quite East London, but Fulham FC want to get a Girls Development Centre going...
U10s – Tuesday 28th June – 6.30-8.30pm
U12s and U14s – Wednesday 29th June  - 6.30-8.30pm

Dear Parent,

Fulham FC Foundation Girls Development Centre (GDC) trials taking place tonight.

The venue for the trials is:

Kingston University Sports Ground,

Tolworth Court,

Old Kingston Road,

Tolworth,

Surrey,

KT4 7QH

Please aim to arrive for 18.15 for a 18.30 start, we will aim to finish between 20.00-20.30.

The playing surface is grass and therefore any boot type can be worn, and every player must wear shin pads.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask.

Best regards,

Steve

STEVE JAYE

OPERATIONS OFFICER

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Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: RTC's
« on: June 29, 2016, 03:59:35 PM »
Not quite East London, but Fulham FC want to get a Girls Development Centre going...

Dear Parent,

Fulham FC Foundation Girls Development Centre (GDC) trials taking place tonight.

The venue for the trials is:

Kingston University Sports Ground,

Tolworth Court,

Old Kingston Road,

Tolworth,

Surrey,

KT4 7QH

Please aim to arrive for 18.15 for a 18.30 start, we will aim to finish between 20.00-20.30.

The playing surface is grass and therefore any boot type can be worn, and every player must wear shin pads.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask.

Best regards,

Steve

STEVE JAYE

OPERATIONS OFFICER

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Yes.
Apparently one prominent centre in the SE has already offered 13 of their 14 players in the U13 squad places for next year.

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Applications for RTC clubs required a substantial increase in funding from the existing CofE funding requirement. This made it impossible for some exiting centres to be able to continue.

Many current clubs who missed out on applications this year think they can apply next year, however, it appears the structure may be set for 3 years, leaving many girls without a local RTC for 3 years and thus ending their potential to progress with top tier training opportunities.

There is a petition started by some Middlesex parents, although it applies across the whole country, which is being sent to the FA and other press outlets this week before the FA make their selections.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/875/777/776/fair-access-to-elite-girls-football-end-postcode-lottery-changes/?taf_id=24240267&cid=email_na#

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In the South East Fulham's application didn't succeed, and neither did Tottenham's.
Middlesex are closing their Centre and the FA have suggested Brighton, Southampton and Charlton as possible alternatives, although I'm not sure if the FA have an up to date map of the UK or have ever tried to drive more than 2 miles anywhere in the SE at 5pm on a weekday!

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These are some of the clubs in SE region who have license applications pending. The tier levels are unannounced except Arsenal who are applying for tier one.
Arsenal, Brighton, Charlton, Chelsea, Fulham, Millwall, Oxford, Southampton.

I think that the 90 minute travel time will still apply which, for any tier 1 clubs with 2x3 hour training sessions or 3x2 hour sessions, could mean a huge time commitment from parents who travel to training as well as tier one matches based across the north/south areas.

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