Manchester Metropolitan University and The University of Manchester are to become a high performance centre for women’s football.
Working in partnership, the Manchester consortium has been selected as one of just eight universities in the country to become a centre of excellence for women’s football.
The new initiative from the FA will provide an educational and community-based setting to recruit, develop and deploy coaches, who will lead and inspire player development specifically in the women’s and girls’ game.
Vicky Foster-Lloyd, Head of Sport at The University of Manchester, added: “In a city synonymous with football, it is fantastic news that a collaboration between The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University has been given the opportunity by the FA to develop and improve women's football.”
The announcement follows The FA’s ‘Gameplan for Growth’ strategy, which was unveiled earlier in the year. The strategy outlined The FA’s commitment to double participation and the number of fans in the women’s game by 2020, whilst creating a sustainable and successful high performance system to help England teams at every age group compete with distinction on the world stage.