Category: Women & Girls Football

Chester FC Community Trust can provide a further update on the Girls Player Development Centre (PDC) programme for the 2020/21 season.
 
The 3G pitch at Blacon High School remains closed to external users and the school has advised this will be reviewed in November with a view to reopening the pitch on a phased basis.
 
Therefore we do not expect this season’s Girls PDC programme to commence until January at the earliest, however we will continue to liaise with the venue and provide further updates when available.
 
Although dates cannot be confirmed at present, we are inviting expressions of interest for players in U8s, U10s, U12s, U14s & U16s age groups.
 
Please complete an expression of interest form here or email community@chesterfc.com for more information.
 
The PDC aims to support the development of female players aged 6-16 and offers an advanced training programme with professional coaches in a positive environent.
 
Players selected for the PDC continue to train and play for the grassroots club while taking part in a coaching programme based on The FA four corner player development model.
 
Designed to bridge the gap between grassroots football and elite football, the PDC provides a pathway to the Chester FC Women teams or FA Regional Talent Club (RTC) programme for players of exceptional ability.
 
In recent seasons, more than 20 players have progressed into the Under-18s and first team squads while no fewer than 26 players have signed with an RTC.

Chester FC Community Trust can provide an update on the Girls Player Development Centre (PDC) programme for the 2020/21 season.
 
The programme venue Blacon High School has advised that, following advice, it will not be a position to hire out the 3G pitch until October half-term at the earliest. The school will review the situation in October and provide a further update.
 
Please note the Girls PDC will not be able to commence until the venue has reopened.
 
The Covid-19 pandemic is a challenging situation for sports facilities and the health and safety of participants must be the key consideration.
 
We look forward to resuming sessions as soon as it is safe to do so and will continue to provide regular updates.
 
Although dates cannot be confirmed at present, we are inviting expressions of interest for players in U8s, U10s, U12s, U14s & U16s age groups.
 
Please complete an expression of interest form here or email community@chesterfc.com for more information.
 
The PDC aims to support the development of female players aged 6-16 and offers an advanced training programme with professional coaches in a positive environent.
 
Players selected for the PDC continue to train and play for the grassroots club while taking part in a coaching programme based on The FA four corner player development model.
 
Designed to bridge the gap between grassroots football and elite football, the PDC provides a pathway to the Chester FC Women teams or FA Regional Talent Club (RTC) programme for players of exceptional ability.
 
In recent seasons, more than 20 players have progressed into the Under-18s and first team squads while no fewer than 26 players have signed with an RTC.

Chester FC Women has announced an exciting step forward in preparation for football’s return with the formation of a Development Squad.

The successful Under 18s team will move into open age football for 2020/21 to further strengthen the club’s women’s and girls’ programme.

When it is safe to do so, the Seals will be holding open trials and are now inviting prospective new players to register their interest.

Martin Fitzsimons, Chester FC Women’s manager, said: “It’s a massive step forward for everyone involved with the club. Especially in recent times, it gives everyone something to look forward to when we can take to the training field again.

“Personally, I’m really excited about it. Not only does it allow us to further progress the talent coming through our ranks, but it enables everyone to work closer together and gives the first team squad more strength and depth in our bid for sustainable success.”

Ben Richards, Development Squad head coach, said: “It’s been a long process to get to where we are but we now have the foundations in place to continue to have a competitive squad and a genuine pathway for female football from the Girls PDC right through to our women’s teams.”

With support from the club’s principal partners MBNA, the women’s and girls’ section runs through Chester FC Community Trust and has gone from strength to strength in recent seasons.

The first team play in Division One South of the North West Women’s Regional Football League while the new development side will compete in the Cheshire Women’s & Youth League with the Girls Player Development Centre (PDC) provides a pathway from U8s through to U16s.

Jim Green, CEO of Chester FC Community Trust, said: “We are fortunate to have some really passionate and talented volunteers with the women’s section and their input has been key to its recent successes.

“This is a great step forward and underlines our commitment to provide opportunities for the best local talent to represent Chester FC at the highest possible level.”

Players interested in attending the open trials can register here and will be contacted once dates have been confirmed when it is safe to do so.

Follow @CFCWomens on Twitter for the latest news and updates.

Chester FC Women are delighted to announce the appointment of Martin Fitzsimons as Manager ahead of the 2019-2020 season.
 

 
Martin, 27, is a UEFA B licence coach and joins from Crewe Alexandra Women, where he was Reserves manager and Head of Youth Development.
 
He also coaches in the Academy at Wigan Athletic and works at Wigan Athletic Community Trust.
 
Martin will be joined by Ben Wilkes who has been appointed as Assistant Manager.
 
Community Trust CEO Jim Green said: “We were very pleased with the calibre of applicants for the post, but Martin really stood out and impressed the selection panel.
 
“He already has a good level of experience in the women’s game and we’re confident he will be an excellent fit for the role.
 
“The women’s team have been a real success story in recent seasons and I’m sure that trend will continue under Martin’s leadership.”
 
Chester FC Women will be holding an open trial this summer for anyone interested in joining the club. Prospective players can email community@chesterfc.com to obtain further details.

The Chester FC Girls Player Development Centre is welcoming applications from new players for its next 12-week programme, which starts on Monday January 14.
 

 
Designed to bridge the gap between the grassroots game and elite football, the Girls PDC is run in partnership with Cheshire FA and supports The FA Girls’ England Talent Pathway with progression routes for those of exceptional ability.
 
The Girls PDC provides weekly training sessions for U10s, U12s and U14s while U16s will be given the opportunity to train alongside the Chester FC Women U18s squad.
 
The programme aims to help young footballers reach their potential through the provision of quality coaching and additional playing opportunities.
 
Players selected for the Chester FC Girls PDC continue to train and play for their grassroots club, and will take part in a 12-week programme based on the The FA’s four corner player development model.
 
The centres are based on 3G artificial pitches and feature a games progamme of fixtures and festivals against professional clubs and academy teams.
 
This season’s Girls PDC programme will run on Mondays and Thursdays as follows:
 
U10, U12, U14s
Blacon High School, Melbourne Road, Blacon CH1 5JH
Mondays 6pm – 7pm
Dates: Jan 14, Jan 21, Jan 28, Feb 4, Feb 11, Feb 25, Mar 4, Mar 11, Mar 18, Mar 25, Apr 15, Apr 29
(No training sessions on Feb 18, Apr 1, Apr 8 or Apr 22)
 
U16s
The Cheshire County Sports Club, Mannings Lane, Chester, CH2 4EU
Thursdays 6.45pm – 7.45pm
Dates: To be advised from Chester FC Women U18s management team
 
The 12-week programme costs £48 (£4 per week) with the option to add a Chester FC Girls PDC training kit for an inclusive cost of £80.
 
Please note the Girls PDC is aimed at players who are performing to a high standard at grassroots level. Upton application, new players will be asked to attend an assessment session and if successful will be invited to join the programme.
 
Prospective players can register for an assessment or find out further information via community@chesterfc.com or 07512 355396.

Talented young female footballers can now sign up to be part of the relaunched Chester FC Girls Player Development Centre.
 

 
Designed to bridge the gap between the grassroots game and elite football, the Girls PDC is run in partnership with Cheshire FA and supports The FA Girls’ England Talent Pathway with progression routes for those of exceptional ability.
 
This season’s new-look Girls PDC will operate for U10s, U12s and U14s while U16s will be given the opportunity to train alongside the Chester FC Women U18s squad.
 
The programme aims to help young footballers reach their potential through the provision of quality coaching and additional playing opportunities.
 
Players selected for the Chester FC Girls PDC continue to train and play for their grassroots club, and will take part in a 12-week programme based on the The FA’s four corner player development model.
 
The centres are based on 3G artificial pitches and feature a games progamme of fixtures and festivals against professional clubs and academy teams.
 
This season’s Girls PDC programme will run on Mondays and Thursdays as follows:
 
U10, U12, U14s
Blacon High School, Melbourne Road, Blacon CH1 5JH
Mondays 6pm – 7pm
 
U16s
The Cheshire County Sports Club, Mannings Lane, Chester, CH2 4EU
Thursdays 6.45pm – 7.45pm
 
The 12-week programme costs £48 (£4 per week) with the option to add a Chester FC Girls PDC training kit for an inclusive cost of £80.
 
Please note the Girls PDC is aimed at players who are performing to a high standard at grassroots level. Upton application, new players will be asked to attend an assessment session and if successful will be invited to join the programme.
 
Prospective players can register for an assessment or find out further information via community@chesterfc.com or 07512 355396.

Double winners Chester FC Women have been promoted to the North West Women’s Regional Football League for the 2018/19 campaign.
 

 
Last season the Blues were crowned Cheshire Women’s League Division One champions and lifted the Challenge Cup, and now make the step up next level of the women’s football pyramid.
 
The team, which receives fantastic backing from the club’s principal partners MBNA, will line up in Division One South alongside the likes of Altrincham, Curzon Ashton, Northwich Vixens, Stockport County Blues and Warrington Wolverines.
 
Promotion caps an outstanding 12 months for manager Dean Vian and his squad, who are looking forward to the challenge ahead.
 
“We are delighted promotion has been confirmed and relishing being part of the North West Women’s Regional Football League,” said Vian.
 
“What the team achieved last season was fantastic and I’m incredibly proud of the players for accomplishing the targets we agreed during pre-season.
 
“We know that we will need to improve again but I am confident the squad will do so and sure we will give a really good account of ourselves.
 
“I would like to thank the Cheshire Women’s League for the past three seasons and our sponsors MBNA whose continued support has been such a big part of our success.”
 
The club’s women’s football section is managed through Chester FC Community Trust and includes Chester FC Women and an Under 18s team competing in the Cheshire Women’s Youth League as well as a Girls Player Development Centre and Girls Football Centres.
 
Jim Green, chief executive of Chester FC Community Trust, said: “This is great news and a well-deserved reward for last season’s efforts.
 
“Dean, his management team and the squad have been wonderful representatives for our club and I know how much they are looking forward to next season.
 
“We are passionate about developing women’s football in Chester and establishing a pathway to give local players the opportunity to represent the city at the highest possible level.”
 
For more details about women’s and girls’ football at Chester FC, email community@chesterfc.com or contact the club on 01244 371376.

Chester FC Community Trust have launched rebranded Chester FC Girls Football Centres to encourage more girls to take up the sport with weekly sessions in Blacon and Ellesmere Port.
 

 
Chester FC Girls Football Centres aim to inspire girls to play football through fun and engaging sessions to develop fundamental skills, build confidence and make new friends. All abilities are welcome – from girls taking their first steps in the sport to those who already play for teams and wish to improve their game.
 

 
Chester FC Girls Football Centres run in Chester on Monday evenings at Blacon High School from 6pm to 7pm and Ellesmere Port on Wednesday evenings at Ellesmere Port Sports Village from 5pm to 6pm.
 
Open to girls aged 5-11 of all abilities and levels of experience, the sessions cost just £3 per week and there are progression routes to community clubs for those girls who wish to play in matches.
 
Chester FC Girls Football Centres are part of Chester FC Community Trust’s commitment to support The FA’s objective to double girls’ football participation by 2020.
 
For further details about Chester FC Girls Football Centres or to book places in advance email community@chesterfc.com or contact 07512 355396.

Chester FC Community Trust engaged with almost 500 girls through a range of coaching sessions as part of this year’s Girls’ Football Week.
 

 
Coaches visited schools, colleges and delivered regular weekly sessions in support of the national event, which aims to get as many girls as possible playing the game.
 
Such was the interest generated, the sessions were spread over a fortnight with coaches visiting Highfield Primary School, Rhos Street School in Ruthin, Upton Heath Primary School, Derwen College, Saighton Primary School, Golftyn Primary School in Connah’s Quay, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Winsford, Hoole Primary School and Ysgol Ty Ffynnon in Shotton.
 
In total 464 girls participated in the sessions which featured games and activities with the aim of providing a fun introduction to the sport while developing fundamental movement and football specific skills.
 
Ben Richards, community coach for Chester FC Community Trust, said: “It was fantastic to see so many girls engaging with football particularly those who might not have thought about playing the game previously.
 

 
“We would like to say a big thank you to all of the schools who took part in Girls’ Football Week and hopefully we have helped to inspire more girls to get involved in the sport.”
 
If you would like to know more about girls football and opportunities to play the game, email community@chesterfc.com.

Chester FC Community Trust has a host of opportunities for girls to play football during The FA Girls’ Football Week.
 

 
Kicking off today and running until Sunday, The FA Girls’ Football Week is a national campaign to give even more girls the chance to get involved with the sport whether playing, training or simply learning more about the beautiful game.
 
During the week, Chester FC Community Trust coaches will be visiting schools and delivering a range of sessions for girls of all ages to play football.
 
Girls football continues to grow in popularity and Chester is well served with a number of fantastic grassroots clubs catering for girls of all ages including Chester & District Girls, AFC Waverton Girls and Upton JFC.
 
For more information about The FA Girls’ Football Week and to search for your nearest session go to www.fagirlsfootballweek.com.
 
Monday
 
The Chester FC Girls Advanced Player Development Centre (APDC) programme for 2017/18 launches with an assessment evening on the new 3G pitch at Blacon High School.
 

 
The APDC is a partnership between Chester FC Community Trust and Cheshire FA designed to support players in their development and to help them reach their potential, bridging the gap between grassroots football and FA Regional Talent Clubs.
 
Players continue to train and play for their grassroots club, but are invited onto a 20 week training programme that will challenge them in line with The FA’s four corner model and feature a minimum of two fixture festivals in conjunction with other APDCs.
 
For more details about the programme email community@chesterfc.com or contact 07512 355396.
 
Tuesday
 
Chester FC Community Trust coaches will be visiting Abbey Gate College in Saighton to deliver a football session to Year 7 girls.
 
Wednesday
 
Chester FC Wildcats sessions run at Ellesmere Port Sports Village every Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm.
 

 
Designed to inspire girls to be involved in football, Chester FC Wildcats provides fun and engaging sessions where girls can develop fundamental skills, learn new things and create foundations for a lifelong love of sport.
 
Open to girls aged 5-11 of all abilities and levels of experience, the sessions cost just £2 per week and there are progression routes to community clubs for those girls who wish to play in matches.
 
For more details or to book places email community@chesterfc.com or contact 07512 355396.
 
Thursday
 
Chester FC Community Trust coaches will be visiting Bunbury Aldersey C Of E Primary School to deliver two football sessions to girls in Years 1 & 6.
 
Friday
 
Chester FC Community Trust coaches will be visiting Delamere Academy to deliver two football sessions to girls from across the school.
 
Chester FC mascot Lupus will be visiting Lache Primary School to take part in a morning assembly before the school’s girls team’s cup match later that afternoon.
 
Saturday
 
Chester FC Wildcats sessions run at Goals Soccer Centre every Saturday from 10am to 11am.
 

 
Designed to inspire girls to be involved in football, Chester FC Wildcats provides fun and engaging sessions where girls can develop fundamental skills, learn new things and create foundations for a lifelong love of sport.
 
Open to girls aged 5-11 of all abilities and levels of experience, the sessions cost just £2 per week and there are progression routes to community clubs for those girls who wish to play in matches.
 
Want to know more? Email community@chesterfc.com or contact 07512 355396.
 
Sunday
 
Chester FC Mini Kickers sessions take place every Sunday at the Northgate Arena for young children to learn and develop their footballing skills.
 

 
Aimed at giving children good coaching in a safe and positive environment, the sessions offer a fun way of exercising and improving their skill for reception age children and those in Years 1 & 2.
 
For more details or to book places email community@chesterfc.com or contact 07512 355396.