Charlton Athletic Football Club Women
Regional Talent Club Trials
Regional Talent Club Trials
Report by Sue Prior
Page last updated at 5:11PM UTC, Monday, 10 April 2017
Are you a talented girl footballer with ambitions to play top level girls football . . . . . then read on and apply for a trial !
Our Regional Talent Club
Charlton Athletic were awarded a 3 year FA Girls Regional Talent Club licence in April 2016 and we have thoroughly enjoyed and learnt a lot in our first season.
Currently a Tier 3 club and our aim is to become a Tier 2 club at the earliest opportunity. Our RTC provides an excellent pathway to our women's 1st team with our Reserve(Development) Team, who are mainly U20's, as the next stepping stone for 16 year olds moving up from our RTC. 
Charlton Athletic have a long hIstory of producing talented footballers with current 1st team players such as Kim Dixson (Captain), Kit Graham, Charley Clifford and Grace Coombs progressing from our youth team set up. 

Our Regional Talent Club provides elite level matches and training for girls aged 8 through to 16 years. The girls train twice a week at Charlton Athletics Training Ground in New Eltham on the brand new FIFA approved 3G pitches & in the clubs gym under the guidance of fully qualified UEFA coaches. Our coaches are supported by a team of Sports Scientists and physiotherapists.
All members of staff who work for us hold a current FA DBS certificate plus FA Safeguarding and First Aid qualifications.

Training and match day kit is provided and next season the RTC is part of Charlton Athletics deal with kit suppliers hummel.

Our U16 & U14 Teams play in the FA RTC Tier 2/3 League on Saturdays and also play friendlies against RTC Tier 1 clubs, boys teams and foreign girls teams. Our U16s also playing in the FA Girls Youth Cup.

Our U12 & U10 teams play in the Tandridge Youth League against boys teams on Sundays. We also play friendlies against other RTC teams.

Players must be prepared to commit to 2 days training a week and U16 & U14 players to travel to matches within 2 hours of our club base in New Eltham. U12 & U10 matches are more local.

Our RTC Trials
We are looking for talented highly driven players who are willing to listen and learn with ambitions to play at the highest level. We are particularly keen to hear from girls who have played in boys teams.
Any places offered at our RTC are dependant on Charlton Athletic renewing their FA Girls RTC licence for the new 2017-2018 season. 

FA RTC age bandings align with school years and for the 2017/18 season player qualifying dates are as follows:-

Under 10s - Players born from 1st September 2007 to 31st August 2009
Under 12s - Players born from 1st September 2005 to 31st August 2007
Under 14s - Players born from 1st September 2003 to 31st August 2005
Under 16s - Players born from 1st September 2001 to 31st August 2003

Players MUST also meet all the following criteria:-
  • Your home post code must be within 90 minutes travelling time of our RTC base Charltons Training Ground - SE9 2JR
  • Your must be born in England or
  • Have an English parent or English grandparent or 
  • You must have been educated in England for a period of 5 consecutive years
Trial Dates, Times and Venue

Stage 1 - Open Trials
U10s - Tuesday 13th June - 530-7pm
U12s - Tuesday 6th June  - 530-7pm
U14s - Wednesday 7th June - 630-830pm
U16s - Tuesday 6th June - 7-9pm

Stage 2 - Invite Only Trials for successful players from stage 1
U10s - players go direct to stage 3
U12s - Tuesday 13th June - 530-7pm
U14s - Wednesday 14th June - 630-830pm
U16s - Tuesday 13th June - 7-9pm

Stage 3 - Final Trials for successful players from stage 2
U10s - Tuesday 20th June - 530-7pm
U12s - Tuesday 20th June - 530-7pm
U14s - Wednesday 21st June - 630-830pm
U16s - Tuesday 20th June - 7-9pm


Our trials will be held on the new 3G pitch at Charlton Athletic Training Ground, Sparrows Lane, New Eltham, SE9 2JR.
Only football boots can be worn on the pitch - strictly no metal studs, blades or training shoes.

How to apply
Please send an email to charltonwomen@yahoo.co.uk with the following information

  1. Full name
  2. Date of Birth
  3. Age group applying for (please check age banding above)
  4. Home address and post code
  5. Parents name & contact mobile number
  6. Parents E-Mail 
  7. Preferred playing position
  8. Are you left or right footed
  9. Current club or RTC that you play for
  10. Any medical conditions we should be aware of (if you suffer from asthma please make sure you bring your pump clearly marked with your name on)

Please make a note of your trial date, time and venue. We will confirm receipt of your application with a return email but will not be sending out any further information. Please see information below on what to do on the day.
If you book a trial and will not be able to attend please email to let us know.
After stage 1 of the trials you will receive an email telling you if you have or have not been selected for the next stage


What you need to do on the day - Please check the info below just before your trial as there is a lot of re-development going on at Charlton's training ground this summer and things are constantly changing! 
  • Please come ready changed in football kit and bring football boots (no blades or metal studs), shin pads and a rain jacket.
  • Bring a non-fizzy drink with you.
  • Parents please park in the car park as directed when you reach the training ground. 
  • You will be directed to the pathway up to the pitches 
  • Please note NO DOGS, CHILDRENS SCOOTERS, BIKES OR SKAEBOARDS are allowed in the training ground
  • Also siblings and friends are not permitted to kick footballs about outside the pitches or on the grass
  • There is a lot of re-development going on at Charlton training ground which we bring to your attention due to health and safety - please keep to the designated areas. Unless absolutely necessary we would ask that siblings and friends do not attend due to the heavy plant and machinery on site. 

                                               We look forward to seeing you in June :)




                                      







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