Open Trials for Girls Centre of Excellence

by Foundation of Light

Opportunity to star in Centre of Excellence.

The Foundation of Light, the registered charity of Sunderland AFC, is holding Open Trials for Sunderland AFC Girls’ Centre of Excellence.

Aiming to provide elite player development opportunities for female footballers aged 7-17 years, the Centre of Excellence programme has helped establish local talents such as Jill Scott, Stephanie Houghton, Lucy Bronze and Jordan Nobbs, to name but a few.

Players take part in a comprehensive training programme covering all areas and concepts of football, and the centre also takes part in the FA Centre of Excellence fixture programme and the U17’s FA National League Cup.

The trials, held at Gateshead College’s Academy for Sport, are for youngsters wishing to compete in the Centre of Excellence’s U9s, 11s, 13s, 15s and 17s teams.

One of only 31 FA licensed centres across the country, the Sunderland AFC Girls’ Centre of Excellence will be run by a partnership between the Foundation of Light (formerly SAFC Foundation) and Gateshead College, supported by Durham County Football Association.

Caroline Ames, Foundation of Light and Girls’ Centre of Excellence coach comments: “These Open Trials are a great chance for players to become part of the region’s premier girls’ and young women’s training facility as we look forward to another fantastic season for the Girls’ Centre of Excellence.”

A number of dates are available for trials which will take place over the first two weeks of June. Places must be pre-booked by Friday 31st May.

To attend an Open Trial, please book a place by contacting Lynn Cuthbertson on 0191 5515315.

PLEASE NOTE: It is extremely important that players nominated qualify to play in the appropriate age group. Any player either too young or too old will not be considered for assessment. The criteria for each age group is as follows:

U9s:    Year of birth 2005 and 2006

U11s:  Year of birth 2003 and 2004

U13s:  Year of birth 2001 and 2002

U15s:  Year of birth 1999 and 2000

U17s:  Year of birth 1997 and 1998