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WSL Dual Career Academy

Following the launch of our new Female Talent Pathway at the start of the season, we are undergoing a recruitment process to fulfil spaces on our WSL Academy programme for the 2021/22 season.

Our FA WSL Academy Squad links directly with the First Team, with the strategy of graduating players into this environment when viable.

What is a FA WSL Dual Career Academy?

Launched by the FA in the 2018/19 season, the programme is designed to provide talented players between the ages of 16 and 21 years old with a programme which has a multi-disciplinary approach.

This includes extended medical provision, individual strength and conditioning support, education and lifestyle guidance, as well as a football coaching and competition programme delivered by UEFA A and B licence coaches.

As this is a 50/50 dual career programme, all participants’ education or work commitments will be balanced with the training schedule – around 15 hours' commitment per week.

What are the commitments for the FA WSL Academy Squad?

Along with educational or employment commtiments, the squad competes in a league and cup competition with other WSL Academies, in addition to other organised fixtures against senior women’s sides and boys’ teams.

Our WSL Academy meets the governments elite protocols which enables the squad to continue training during lockdown. All relevant COVID regulations are followed and testing occurs twice weekly.

How will the programme affect a player’s education?

The schedule is designed so that players are not limited to a single educational establishment. We shall be taking applications from players no matter what their individual education and career paths may be. Players are expected to attend every training session for the Academy and individual queries can be discussed during trials and at the interview stage. If players are still exploring their options for next year, the Club also runs girls’ football programmes at Barnet and Southgate College and New City College.

Trials

Trial applications for our WSL Academy 2021/22 Squad are now closed. Keep an eye on our Club channels for information about next season's trials.