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University of Nottingham becomes a FA Women's High Performance Football Centre

The University of Nottingham, in partnership with Nottingham Trent University have been unveiled as one of eight UK Universities to become a Centre of Excellence for women’s football by the Football Association.

As a Women’s High Performance Football Centre, The University of Nottingham will play a part in the recently launched FA ‘Gameplan for Growth’ strategy, which outlined the FA’s commitment to double participation in the women’s game by 2020. The centre will provide talented individuals with an environment to facilitate both their academic and football ambitions, with a focus on the FA’s long-term ambitions to increase the number of qualified women coaches.

Players will have access to a variety of services such as coaching, sports sciences and sports medicine as well as scholarship opportunities, helping to create the next generation of the game’s behind-the-scenes workforce, whether as volunteers, administrators or development staff. The new centres will also forge connections to the England talent pathway and The FA Women’s Super League (WSL) clubs.

The Nottingham duo join the University of Birmingham as well as Manchester consortia made up of the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University in the selected eight centres. These universities will continue to deliver against the initiative’s key focus areas including coach development, collaborating with existing local football providers and supporting the England talent pathway.

Alex Perry, Assistant Director of Sport Performance at the University of Nottingham, commented;

 “The University of Nottingham are immensely proud to be part of the Women's High Performance Football Centre programme. Through our close partnership with Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham College we are excited to begin work with the FA to develop and inspire the current and next generation of women's football coaches and talented athletes.” 

Chris Campbell, Performance Sport Manager at Nottingham Trent University, added; 

“We are absolutely delighted to be awarded High Performance Centre status, alongside our partners at The University of Nottingham and Nottingham College. We have all made a firm commitment to the development of women’s football in recent years both at performance and participation levels and this status allows us to grow our programmes, complementing our growing work around coaching, mentoring and education. This is a real boost for football in Nottingham and we hope over the next few years we can make a real impact across all of our students and the local community.” 

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Posted on Thursday 13th July 2017

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