Source: The FA

Plymouth Marjon University named as High Performance Football Centre

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The University becomes the ninth centre and will provide a high-quality educational and community-based setting to recruit, develop and deploy coaches for the women’s and girls’ game in the south west.

These coaches will also be supported to lead and inspire player development, specifically in the women’s and girls’ game across the region and will work alongside other FA staff and the surrounding County FA’s (Devon, Cornwall & Dorset).

Audrey Cooper, Head of Women’s Coach Development said: “It’s fantastic to have Plymouth Marjon University join our growing network of Women’s High Performance Football Centres. They are perfectly situated and set up to drive the development of aspiring coaches in the south west, all of whom will play a crucial role in providing excellent football experiences for women and girls in the region”.

The Women’s High Performance Football Centre initiative was launched in 2017 in partnership with British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS), with eight original centres announced at universities across the country. 

Their role is to support and drive The FA’s ambition to increase the number and quality of coaches, both of which are central to the growth of the women’s game.

Plymouth Marjon will take on this responsibility within their region, while at the same time providing talented players with an environment to drive their academic and football ambitions. They will offer a variety of services such as coaching, sports science and sports medicine alongside scholarship opportunities.

The centre will also have a focus on creating the next generation of the game’s behind-the-scenes workforce, including volunteers, administrators and development staff.

Women’s High Performance Football Centres
University of Birmingham
University of Chichester
University of Gloucestershire
Manchester Metropolitan University & University of Manchester
Northumbria University
Plymouth Marjon University
University of Nottingham & Nottingham Trent University
Sheffield Hallam University
St Mary’s University