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Millwall Lionesses awarded RTC license

29 April 2016

Changes made to former Centre of Excellence model

Millwall Lionesses have been awarded a Regional Talent Club (RTC) license following a six-month application process.

The Lionesses have received a Tier 2 license and are one of 34 clubs and centres who will deliver coaching and education to the best young female footballers in the country, on three-year licenses.

Each of the 34 clubs have been grouped into one of three tiers, which are dependent on facilities, workforce, coach and player development, performance service provision and the number of age groups they will work with.

RTCs have replaced the former Centre of Excellence model and will deliver enhanced coaching and support designed to improve the development of elite female players through the FA Girls' England talent pathway.

As part of the changes, RTC age groups will run alongside the academic year, starting in September. For the first time, girls' U10 and U12 teams will compete in Charter Standard youth leagues, to enable players to develop both technically and physically. The older age groups will compete in FA organised fixture programmes against other RTCs.

Emilie Perry, chairman of Millwall Lionesses, said: "This is a pivotal and exciting step forward for the women's game in this country.

"To have been awarded a Tier 2 license is a very impressive and significant achievement for Millwall Lionesses and another important step towards ensuring a bright future.

"We are extremely committed to coaching and educating our own stars of the future and believe that this new model provides an improved platform for girls to progress through the club's different age groups."

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