Plymouth College pupil secures place in FA Advanced Coaching Centre, while Marjon becomes high performance hub

PLYMOUTH College Year 9 footballer Megan Bishop has been offered a place in the Devon FA Girls’ Advanced Coaching Centre.

Girls from all over the county were contending for places in the squad and Bishop impressed in two phases of trials to win her place.

Matthew Hodgson, Women’s and Girls’ Development Officer for Devon County Football Association, said: “Megan has done fantastically well to gain a place in the Devon FA Girls’ Advanced Coaching Centre under-16 squad for the 2019-20 season following an extremely competitive trial.

“There were just under 50 girls all vying for a place in a squad of only 16 players and so all those who made the final squad have done very well.

“Having been with the centre a couple of years ago, it’s great to see Megan back and she certainly impressed the coaches with her performance in the trials.”

The Plymouth College pupil will now train weekly with the Devon FA, playing fixtures against other counties in the South West as well as some more local mixed/boys’ football teams.

“The Devon FA ACC is an FA licensed Centre which sits directly on the FA Female Talent Pathway with potential routes into regional, national and England squads for the really elite players. Devon has a good history of players progressing through this pathway and with female football in such a good place at the moment both locally and nationally, players like Megan have such a lot to aspire to.”

Meanwhile, Marjon University has become the FA’s newest Women’s High Performance Football Centre.

They join as the ninth centre in England, 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 and Dorset).

The FA’s 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.

Marjon will take on this responsibility within the South West region, while at the same time providing talented players with an environment to drive their academic and football ambitions.

They’ll offer a variety of services such as coaching, sports science and sports medicine alongside scholarship opportunities.

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


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