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FST to Launch First Charlton Athletic Girls' Football Academy in Kent
Future Schools Trust, in Maidstone, is kick-starting the New Year with the launch of its own girls’ football academy.
The post-16 sports programme will be led in partnership with Charlton Athletic Community Trust.
The professional football club already runs successful courses for boys at Future Schools Trust’s two academies, Cornwallis and New Line Learning, as well as at other sites across Kent, but this will be its first female squad in the county.
Daniel Gill, assistant development manager for CACT, said: “We’re very excited about launching our first girls’ only academy in Kent, especially as this will be the first of its kind to be introduced by a championship club in Maidstone.
“It will be a great opportunity for talented, young women to follow a bespoke syllabus designed in accordance with Premier League and Football League’s Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP), delivered by UEFA qualified coaches.
“They will also have the chance to achieve recognised coaching qualifications, such as FA Level 1, FA Level 2 and coaching for disabled footballers.”
The new academy has been developed with the support of the captain of Charlton Athletic’s Women’s team, Kim Dixson. The midfielder delivered a scheme of football development sessions for girls, which were funded by the Football League Trust.
She said: “For years, football has generally been seen as more of a sport for boys but I feel the game has grown for women in recent times, especially with the increase of media coverage due to the national team’s success in the World Cup.
“There are many more opportunities to help young women to engage with football and for them to build their confidence on the pitch, such as this Post 16 Academy.”
Trials for the boys’ and girls’ academies will take place at 11am on Thursday, February 18; 10am on Saturday, April 2; 5pm on Wednesday, April 27 and on Wednesday, May 25, at New Line Learning Academy, in Boughton Lane, Loose. Each session will run for two hours.
For more details, please email Daniel Gill at firstname.lastname@example.org.