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Blackpool FC Girls' Emerging Talent Centre

Developing female football talent

Liontrust has partnered with Blackpool Football Club Community Trust to become a principal partner and the front of shirt sponsor for the Girls’ Emerging Talent Centre (‘ETC’) for the 2023/24 season.

The Centre supports the development of young female players aged eight to 16 and provides a wider and more diverse talent pool for women’s football.

The Girls’ Emerging Talent Centre run by Blackpool FC Community Trust is designed to be a central hub, working with grassroots clubs, schools and local coaches to identify talented female players and is part of the FA Pathway towards the Lionesses. It is offered free to all, removing the financial burden often faced with elite level training. 
With Liontrust’s support, Blackpool FC Community Trust offers a comprehensive approach to player development, giving all girls selected access to a high-quality training programme, strength and conditioning coaches, access to an onsite physiotherapist, nutritional advice and health and wellbeing support. Groups are also be invited to play in competitive games against other ETC programmes.

Liontrust’s focused support and investment via the ETC improves accessibility and increases inclusivity for local young female footballers, who are starting out on an elite development pathway. The FA’s ETC programme will lead to the number of young female players engaged in FA programmes nationally rising from 1,722 to over 4,200 by the end of the 2023/24 season.

Simon Hildrey, Chief Marketing Officer of Liontrust commented; “The FA Girls’ Emerging Talent Centres are a fantastic initiative as they provide the chance for female players to develop their football skills and be offered a potential pathway all the way to the Lionesses. The ETCs ensure players can participate in elite training."

“Liontrust chose to partner with Blackpool FC Community Trust as part of our commitment to support social mobility through providing opportunities for young people. This builds on Liontrust’s existing support for financial education in primary and secondary schools throughout the UK.”

Ash Hackett, CEO, Blackpool FC Community Trust concluded; "We are very pleased that Liontrust has taken such an interest in our Girls’ Emerging Talent Centre. One of the elements that has made our project unique across the country is that we have removed all charges for the players, to support with removing the barriers to taking part and Liontrust's support really contributes to this. I'd like to thank Liontrust for its support in allowing us to make this the best opportunity for local girls and really increase the quality of the only FA endorsed provision for talented players on the Fylde Coast."


Blackpool Ladies FC

Below are some examples of the achievement of the Blackpool FC Girls’ ETC:


  • Offering free playing and training kits to players
  • Engaging 120 girls in academy level football
  • Three girls from the ETC teams nominated for the England Talent Pathway
  • Two girls from the ETC teams invited to play at Manchester City and Manchester United’s Pro Game Academy squads


Blackpool FC Community Trust 

To find out more about the Blackpool FC Community Trust and the Girls' Emerging Talent Centre and access their monthly newsletter update, please click here.