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Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: England’s squad/camps
« on: May 27, 2018, 12:18:27 PM »
Well they didn't look very fast at the Euros v Germany, in fact some looked positively stationery ....  :)

Women's Football / Re: New wsl licences
« on: April 05, 2018, 12:17:41 PM »
many thanks ... one or two parents we know from other clubs said certainly one central team were indicating the academy players would have to link to the college which did appear discriminatory. I am never sure in women's football as the structures are constantly changing? ... as long as we are encouraging lots of girls to try to be the best they can be, I'm good. Cheers

Women's Football / Re: New wsl licences
« on: April 03, 2018, 07:18:58 PM »
Maybe I'm being dense but my daughter wants to continue at school doing her A levels there. Will this be a problem next year with the new set up and academies. Does she have to go to an academy? Someone said she would? That cant be right surely? Please advise ..............

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: 16up
« on: January 20, 2018, 02:42:47 PM »
I think it really depends on your daughter. Last year when players from the RTC moved on. Some went locally to the WPL team. Those (I really think this is the key) were extremely fit and made the first team. Others who did not fit the 'mould' for their position and were not fit enough didn't. Bit of to-ing an fro-ing but generally the rtc girls are in the reserves. Other players decided to try others less popular teams and have found their niche and place in poorer WPL teams. So it depends. Some chose WSL and have had mixed results but all are in the devt squads even though have England and England camp experience. Depends on the quality of the first team. The exceptional players make the first teams at WSL1 and the fit ones/play safe football, in WSL2 from my assessment. If your daughter wants match time and to be match fit she has to be willing to work hard and be spotted immediately, otherwise she may find herself benched or having a lesser experience. Then aim lower, she can develop from there. Senior football suits some but not others as it is physical and rough again back t being fit and ready. Personally I don't think u18s is what's needed unless you live in Warwickshire as it doesn't toughen em up enough. But you cannot just do one training session wherever you'll need to supplement if so. Trial more than one place. Whatever you are promised may not be what happens, and definitely players are taken on as fillers and to avoid them going elsewhere but most coaches I think know who they're going to have as the starting line up whatever they say. I personally think match time matters and being game fit. If you sit on the bench you may be fit but not match fit ............ so aim lower and develop, there's plenty of time and don't rush to be in WSL1. Having said all that there is no question that any player with an England tag of any type gets precedence over others however good they are? I am so glad Jodie Taylor is older and finding her flow .... a great incentive to any young player ............... there's time if they want it enough?.

Daughter made choice to go to WSL development team, not yet overly impressed sadly, choosing older players, youngsters sitting on bench, weird choices on who plays and where, no obvious strikers in squad?. Hoping it will change over the next few weeks..... However couple of questions, I assume she a) can dual sign so when we know she is not playing she may have an option to get some game time elsewhere and b) if we decided to leave there is a specific process we should be following, we don't have to wait for a specific window? Any advice welcome. Thanks

Women's Football / Re: Harrassment & bullying in football / Allegations
« on: September 25, 2017, 05:09:09 PM »
Not sure I feel it has to be a woman, it would be good if it was I guess given it's the women's national team. However there was a lot of 'talk' around the previous, female, manager so the FA aren't having much luck it seems with selecting appropriate, managers? ........

Women's Football / Re: Harrassment & bullying in football / Allegations
« on: September 23, 2017, 11:11:38 AM »
... I read it slightly differently but maybe being cynical...... that the FA know with a full investigation now being held into the Eni Aluko matters, they realise there are grounds and perhaps also have wind of the additional statements being made and therefore its better to let him go now than face big more public press further down the line .... once it breaks it will be lesser news in 3/4 mths time and certainly if racism is upheld and do less damage than being upheld now if he no longers works for the FA?.

However does raise some questions as to a} how he wasn't properly vetted being he became England manager?; or did they really not think it mattered that he had been 'sent' on a safeguarding course?, was the course meant to fix the problem, unlikely, he was caught out making an inappropriate comment/action, a days course doesn't fix that?; b) the investigation twice done which wasn't done properly again raises questions about the FAs way of working ,such claims and not do the whole investigation, I find that upsetting that if my daughter faced discrimination it would be buried, minimalized or denied as being racism. If Eni feels it's racism then investigate properly. Doesn't matter what we all think, I have no idea and all the group hugs and teamy nonsense mean nothing if she is proven to be correct. Its her take on it that matters, the other players may not experience it, see it or acknowledge it. So whatever, the FA should have taken it seriously and asked her to bring forward evidence and witnesses who may support that claim and spoken to them. And finally for me c)  given what occurred against the Dutch, his vision on correcting the problems he faced on the pitch (left side and full strike power) not sure he had the corrective vision but appreciate he appears to have brought a good team together even if they have a vested interest. Maybe not the best team IMO. Aluko is an excellent natural striker and should have gone to the Euros and played, we didn't gel up front for all the talk of teamwork and the left side needs work and where is Asante nowadays?. interesting times .............

Great competitive game at Leicester over the weekend resulting in 2-2 draw v Forest Ladies

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: RTC training
« on: September 10, 2017, 11:47:15 AM »
The requirement in the original RTC requirements was RTC1 train 3 times a week and RTC 2 and 3 twice a week but it may have changed......

Tend to agree in likelihood they'll be few teams that can deliver this vision and probably be in London and NW. So any budding player who wants to stay at school to do A levels god forbid and doesn't want to uproot to go to an academy 3hrs driving away (East of country comes to mind), will be disadvantaged and discriminated against?.

Unless there is a strategy which focusses on building the audience for women's football (and doesn't keep thinking it will happen overnight) then in the long term, only those clubs with lots of money or with a special sponsor will meet this proposed criteria. But it doesn't build those that watch and in turn the money coming into women's football?.

And isn't the idea to generate a positive feel around women's football being accessible across every geog area and allow an open and fair crack at top flight football (merit based... like Sunderland and Donny come to mind) not crucify it ...............

What happens to youth football needs reviewing perhaps, but CoE/RTC players are coming out with better skills, fitness, game knowledge, 4 corners stuff, etc in the main, so is this about money/reduction? I am not sure what the FA think isn't progressing... And begs the question what was the basis eg evidence that led them to the original plan in the first place ......... so much to ponder, interesting times but reading the BBC article it did make me sigh very deeply .............

Women's Football / Re: Harrassment & bullying in football
« on: August 19, 2017, 09:50:28 AM »
I am not sure I have a particular problem with the team being asked to conform as such to the key messages for the squad. Most interviews with sports persons nowadays are stage managed and often they're given team soundbites. It's the same with industry, primarily to keep 'selling' your product or your building public confidence in the product?. And generally it works to create an impression and strengthens the belief both of the company or in the product. You need to be on message. So that part doesn't bother me so much and for me would make me think players are somewhat naïve if they don't get the business element ...... but may again be about how that requirement has been communicated to the players. Whatever.
What concerns me reading all about this, are the undertones about communications and racism and sometimes it is very difficult to categorically say something is racist when it's subtle or unclear. But it is easy to identify if something has been communicated poorly i.e. the Stoney example. The fact she didn't/did like Sampson is irrelevant to me, but the communication over the captaincy was poor. If his communication is less than perfect surely that opens the door to presume some of his other communications were also of poorer standard. The use of the word lazy is an interesting example given she has a point that certain words are aligned to certain people and more freely used and more likely to be applied?. Rather than saying Aluko is 'having an off game' or 'whys she really not with it today', 'Aluko needs to get more involved in the game', the bog standard comments us football pundits make, instead the term 'lazy' was applied instead. Then that's racism or discrimination in my mind?. So I found that an interesting outcome to the investigation .........

Off Topic / Re: Introducing Supreme Footballers...
« on: July 28, 2017, 08:24:11 AM »
... assume it includes women? ........ I tested it with lucy bronze but got no results?

Fab thanks, if they are as stated I've a few I can probably reach this evening .... I will double check twitter first, though clubs are being a little obscure about the friendlies .......  but thanks for the link :D

Is there a reliable list of friendlies somewhere, cant fathom shekicks now they've changed it and the friendlies a) seem to have disappeared and b) aren't up to date? Am I just best checking twitter feed, do you think? ....

I think Leicester CWFC will give the WPL North a run for their money. They have strengthened from last year, acquired most of the departing RTC1 youngsters (only team to beat an Arsenal u16/u17s team in over 4 years) so,re a good squad last year..... be interesting to see how the season pans out for them .... they've also acquired a number of sound players from surrounding wpl clubs, see their twitter account?

Thank you that's really useful. I think we were thinking it was better that she was playing the match, because you simply cant keep match fitness if you don't get match time, seems obvious but ..... and we're looking at the USA longer term and what she does now matters, not seen an American players yet who doesn't look energetic and athletic ......

I wondered how your daughters are finding trials at the senior level as this year the girls are a year younger than before. How have the supposed pathways worked for you?. Having watched trials now, in some ways the younger RTC girls appear to do very well as they have strong technique mostly and are energetic. On the other hand it also can get quite physical in a way that's not been apparent before... partly because RTC games rarely produced yellow cards, some of the older girls are rough rather than skilled, there's a worldly wiseness to some of the older players and I think this makes the younger players look young ........ are there expectations that RTC players should make the pathway into WPL, WSL etc clubs over more experienced not necessarily better players ...... 50 triallists at clubs for one team, is that a lot? Will clubs take xx players, what's the norm?, we felt informed about RTC processes but this is vague?, should we be asking what gaps there are and what positions?, Would appreciate some thoughts on what you're watching.... why you've taken the route you've chosen .....  So many questions ...... Thanks 

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: RTC trials 2017
« on: June 17, 2017, 08:40:52 AM »
Usually a split between the two age groups but not always if players turn down the place and the club are forced to take more than one age group than another.

Looking at the NCFC message, are they ok to call themselves an Academy? I thought that wasn't allowed with grassroots teams? I recall some arguments some years ago about a grass roots club doing this and they were taken to task by their local FA? However more girls teams is always a good thing ...... but will it bring in more players or take those from other local teams? Again however, I like the notion of playing in the boys leagues it gives girls elite teams better competition and they develop differently playing boys imo .............

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Re: Exit paths for RTC
« on: June 08, 2017, 07:28:44 AM »
Less fortunate for the Midlands players now, will need to travel for WSL places and really only Brum in the patch now ...... most of the Leics rtc girls are heading to Leics based teams City, Foxes or Ladies. Derbyshire rtc players heading towards Notts, Derby and Leics all in WPL ......... some trialling with AV and Brum but those clubs have already got a clear pathway from their rtc........   Did your daughters clubs arrange pathways out of the rtc to senior football ......?

I have just bought the book recommended in the message trail above and that is really useful as it explains all this stuff and it varies depending on the 'league' ..... So thanks for that and suggest if you're going that route, it's a useful purchase .........

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