Kent FA’s Girls Player Development Centre (GPDC), sponsored by Kent Reliance, had its first training session of the football season on Monday 5 October.
Following successful trials in September, the evening saw over 50 girls attending, showcasing the football talent from all over the Kent County.
The GPDC offers top quality coaching and player development opportunities for local girls aged between 9 to 15 years. The coaching programme offers a stepping stone for grassroots players to progress their careers towards attending a Centre of Excellence and potential selection for national squads. In July, Kent FA was pleased to announce that the GPDC licence had been renewed for talented female players in Kent for the 2015/2016 season.
Kent Reliance, who sponsors the Girls Player Development Centre, attended the first training session and was delighted at the football flair on display.
Robert Gurr, Kent Reliance’s PR & Events Manager, said: “It was great to witness the high level of skills on display at tonight’s first GPDC’s training and it’s a clear indication of the calibre of players within the region. Kent Reliance is committed to supporting grassroots community initiatives which celebrate and develop local talent and we’re delighted to how the impact the GPDC is having in taking girls football forward in the county. ”
Paul Dolan, Kent FA’s Chief Executive said: “We are delighted that Kent Reliance are continuing their support for Kent FA’s Girls Player Development Centre. The development training our GPDC offers players means they benefit from a high standard of coaching, which leads to a continued improvement in the standard of grassroots girls’ football in our county.
Kent FA’s Football Development Officer, Natalie Curtis, said: “It is so great to see how far the Kent FA Girls Player Development Centre has come, now in its third year we are excited about what the season holds. To have Kent Reliance show their support highlights how important grassroots football is in the county. It is a privilege to be able to provide an opportunity for girls to enjoy football, make friends and develop their skills with guidance from our outstanding FA coaches.”
The GPDC is hosted at The Gallagher Stadium in Maidstone which boasts some of the most impressive football facilities in the county, including a full sized UEFA standard 3G pitch. Over the years, the GPDC has invested in their coaches, ensuring that they deliver high quality, expert advice to aspiring players, in addition to their club football.
Throughout the season, the teams will take part in two football festivals against other FA Player Development Centre’s from across the country, enabling them to demonstrate the valuable training they have received from Kent FA.
If you have any queries about Kent FA’s Player Development Centres, please contact Natalie Curtis on Natalie.Curtis@kentfa.com
Reproduced with kind permission from Kent FA from www.kentfa.com