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Premier League announces funding to help develop women's professional game

Premier League investing £1.75m per annum for the next three years for new network of Girls' Emerging Talent Centres

28 May 2022

The Premier League is funding The Football Association's new network of Girls' Emerging Talent Centres to help grow the existing talent programme for women's football in England. The centres will be open to girls aged eight to 16, with the Premier League investing £1.75m per annum for the next three years. Over a two-year transition period, these will replace the FA's Advanced Coaching Centres forming a wide base at the entry point of the pathway.

There are currently 29 Regional Talent Clubs and ten Advanced Coaches Centres. The plans will involve up to 70 Girls' Emerging Talent Centres across the country, allowing more players to be identified and supported. The number of girls within the centres will rise from the current 1,722 to 4,200 by the end of the 2023/24 season.

"Premier League clubs are doing more than ever to support the growth of women's and girls' football and we are pleased to be working alongside The FA to provide funding for the new Emerging Talent Centres," said Premier League Director of Football Neil Saunders. "The centres will provide more opportunities for girls across the country to access enhanced coaching and will develop pathways within the professional and grassroots game, benefiting young players and clubs alike."

Overall, the enhancements will fulfil one of the central aims of The FA's overall strategy for women's and girls' football in England, Inspiring Positive Change, launched in 2020, to provide a well-signposted, inclusive and accessible club player pathway that supports the talented girls and young women. See more on the Premier League website here.

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