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Advanced Training Centre

Advanced Training Centre

The Girls Advanced Training Centre (ATC) forms tier 2 of the player pathway. It is an invitation only programme where players who have been identified as being talented and gifted footballers are invited to train on a weekly basis with Ipswich Town Football Club. Players within the ATC aged from U9 to U16 have the chance to receive quality technical coaching sessions at the state of art facility at Needham Market Football Club. The Girls ATC has limited places with small squads at each age group of between 14-16 players. Ipswich Town ATC are part of a new 12 team Girls Elite Development Programme league with festivals held every half term. This leads to Regional Finals in May and National Finals in June where England Talent ID Coaches will be in attendance.

The Girls ATC training season is made up of 30 weeks 1 hour training sessions. The sessions are designed to include a variety of individual and team training focuses developed to support each player. The training syllabus used for the ATC uses parts of the ACC and ITFC women format to suit the needs of our players, with an aim to create an ITFC female DNA across all tiers. The syllabus is made up of blocks of In Possession, Out of Possession and Transition themed sessions.

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Core aims of the Advanced Training Centre are as follows:

  • Provide a safe, fun and challenging environment for every player 
  • High quality professional technical coaching sessions to support the development of each player from Ipswich Town Coaching Staff. Players train and perform both as individuals and compete as an age group squad against other professional teams.
  • Develop each player as both a talented footballer but also as a young individual through social skills, confidence and attitude 
  • Encourage players to improve as footballers through many football experiences as well as inspiring all players to be active, healthy and ambitious. 
  • Provide a clear pathway for the progression of players who are exceeding the expected standard of a ATC player. The ATC directly feeds into the top level of the Player Development Pathway via the Ipswich Town Advanced Coaching Centre (ACC) Tier 1.

Interested? Contact Eva Hubbard, Girls Football Development Manager, at eva.hubbard@itfc.co.uk for more information!

"Thank you for my daughters inclusion in the advanced squad since September, she has loved the training and benefited greatly from the expert coaching"

Girls ATC Parent

"It was a pleasure to watch the girls in their first fixture as a team and listening to their coach giving them instructions and praise when earned and constructive criticism when needed. I am very happy with the coaching methods, we look forward to many more fixtures with Ipswich!"

Girls ATC Parent

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