Albion’s Regional Talent Club has been awarded Tier 1 Plus status following an extensive verification process by the Football Association.
Along with Leeds United Foundation and Southampton, Albion were adjudged to have consistently exceeded Tier 1 plus criteria which covers the delivery of elite girls’ football and takes into the account feedback from clubs, players, parents, workforce as well as internal FA staff. Manchester United were awarded Tier 1 plus status last season.
Albion have consistently met the criteria since the start of last season and the process highlighted good practice and also provided clubs with valuable feedback in order to help them develop their programme further.
Several Albion RTC players have been selected for England national performance camps, as the club continues to develop and nurture the talent of players through their footballing pathway.
Next week the club will begin the recruitment process for the 2020-21 season by inviting applications for girls to register their interest.
Albion director and women’s chair Michelle Walder said: “This is great news and another important milestone for the club and reflects well on the hard work of a lot of people in our Regional Talent Club over a sustained period, especially as we are one of only four clubs in the country to be awarded Tier 1 plus status.
“Our RTC offers a pathway for girls from under-9s to under-16s to progress into our women’s team and benefit from specialist coaching and support. It goes from strength to strength and this award reflects that.”
Women's Head Coach Hope Powell said: ‘It’s fantastic news to hear that our RTC has achieved Tier’1 plus status and it’s a credit to both staff and players for all of their hard work over the last two seasons.
“We strive to make Brighton RTC the best in the country and it’s great to get this accolade. We have worked really hard to live by one of our values which is ‘aim high’ and I’m delighted to say that we’ve achieved this with the RTC. Huge congratulations to both the staff and players. I’m delighted!”