Prior to the 2016/17 season, The FA announced who had been awarded three-year licenses for the newly-created Regional Talent Clubs (RTC), which are responsible for the delivery of elite girls’ football development.
34 clubs and centres, including the Essex County FA, now deliver coaching and education to the best young female footballers in the country. RTCs have replaced the Centre of Excellence model, delivering enhanced coaching and support designed to improve the development of elite female players through the FA Girls’ England Talent Pathway.
Licensees are grouped into three tiers, dependent on their facilities, workforce, coach and player development, performance service provision and the number of age groups they work with. They also have FA funding aligned to their tier - which they are required to ‘match fund’ a percentage of - and increased FA support. Essex are in Tier Two of three, and we’re the only County FA in the country to have attained one of the prestigious licenses.
RTC age groups run alongside the academic year, starting each September. Under 10s and 12s teams compete in FA Charter Standard youth leagues to enable players to further develop both technically and physically. The older age groups compete in FA-organised fixture programmes against other RTCs.
Club Manager - Sharon Brownlie
Technical Director - Steve Downey
Sports Therapists - Sheila Macaulay and Amy McMillan
Physical Performance Coach - Stefano Russo
Welfare Officer - Helen Hever
Under 10s Head Coach - Kelly Walker
Under 10s Assistant Coach - Andy Gibbons
Under 12s Head Coach - Simon King
Under 12s Assistant Coach - Danny Parker
Under 14s Head Coach - Ian Bent
Under 14s Assistant Coach - Adam Firman
Under 16s Head Coach - Lucy Faraday
Under 16s Assistant Coach - Joe Sheehan
Goalkeeping Coach - Nikita Runnacles
Under 10s and 12s Cover Coach - Abigail Saxon
Under 14s and 16s Cover Coach - Nikita Runnacles
Goalkeeping Cover Coach - Matthew Johnstone