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The search is on for future local and international stars during June and July as Colchester United and Leyton Orient organise their annual Girls Centre of Excellence trials at Shrub End Community & Sports Centre and Low Hall Sports Ground, with the support of the Essex County Football Association.
ECFA Girls & Women's Football Development Officer for Outer Essex, Emma Burden, claims the events are "absolutely the single biggest opportunity for female players to prove their talent" as open invitations are extended to the County's budding Kelly Smiths and Rachel Yankeys. Trials have been arranged for sides ranging from Under-10s through to Under-16s over the next couple of months.
Emma, who works in conjunction with the London Boroughs' Sharon Brownlie for the development of the female game in Essex, explained: "England scouts regularly attend Centre fixtures, so if you're a young, aspiring England player you need to be playing within an FA Centre of Excellence, where you can access quality coaching at great facilities, playing against the best opposition in the Country with physiotherapists, sport psychologists, fitness testing and nutritional advice."
Colchester have produced a number of international players, including Bonnie Horwood and Kate Longhurst for the England Under-17s and Under-19s and Katherine Nutman for the Under-17s. Karissa Rodney (Trinidad and Tobago), Cerri Harris and Claire Capon (Wales), Flo Gamby and Katherine Hydman (Republic of Ireland) have also all gone on to achieve international youth caps via Colchester.
Meanwhile, during Orient's history they have produced four internationals from their Centre and can currently boast England Under-17s' Danielle Carter amongst their ranks, having also produced coaches at national youth level in Tracey Kevins and founder Lois Fidler. They have just introduced a new Under-10 Player Development Centre where youngsters take part in advanced training sessions each week to develop, learn and improve and they have a team in a mini-league which is regularly monitored, assessed and coached by Advanced Soccer School staff.
The respective programmes strive to provide outstanding football development for elite young female players, incorporating a technical coaching programme, an extensive fixture schedule against other FA centres, a structured fitness regime and detailed player assessments. The teams of qualified coaches involved are also experts in their field, as Emma continues: "Both Leyton Orient and Colchester United have been running FA Centres of Excellence for the past twelve years. They were two of the original clubs that were awarded licences from the FA to run elite programmes for female players and the trials ordinarily attract over 150 girls."
Colchester United: Trials for the Centre of Excellence will be held on Saturday 27th June between 10am and 3pm (Open) and Saturday 4th July from 10am to 3pm (Invitation Only). Teams will be selected at the Under-10s, 12s, 14s and 16s age groups and players must be aged within their particular age band on 31st August 2009.
All trials will be held at the Shrub End Community & Sports Centre, Boadicea Way, Colchester, Essex, CO2 9BG. Further information can be found at www.essexfa.com or www.cucst.org.uk or by contacting Kevin Anderson on (01206) 216401, (07809) 195001 or via e-Mail at email@example.com.
Leyton Orient: Orient will additionally hold their Female Centre of Excellence open trials for the forthcoming season for the Under-10s, 12s, 14s and 16s age groups. The days will consist of coached skills practises and small-sided games, and successful players selected into the Centre's squads for the 2009-10 season will play in the Centre of Excellence League (East Region).
Under-10s, 12s and goalkeepers (all age groups) trials will take place on Wednesday 24th June between 6pm and 8.30pm and on Saturday 27th June from 10am until 1pm. The Under-14s and 16s will be held on Wednesday 1st July 2009 from 6pm until 8.30pm and Saturday 4th July 2009 between 10am and 1pm.
The trials will be staged at Low Hall Sports Ground, South Access Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 8A and to register for the open trials, complete the Player's Details Form available on www.essexfa.com and return it to: Michael Morris, Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme, 100 Oliver Road, Leyton, London, E10 5JY. Alternatively, phone (0208) 556 5973, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.intheteam.com/leytonorientgirlsfc.
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