This section contains the latest news and events from women and girls' football in the North Riding area, and also highlights the work North Riding County Football Association are doing to promote female football in the region. For more information or to promote an article on the page please email

Free Girls Only Footy Sessions in Middlesbrough

The MFC Foundation is starting free 'girls only' football sessions at Acklam Green Centre in Middlesbrough. The sessions are on Mondays from 6pm to 8pm and are free of charge for girls aged 13yrs to 19yrs. For more details contact Lee Grace at MFC Foundation at

Girls’ PDC Trials @ Durham

Durham County Girls' Player Development Programme provides opportunities for female footballers aged 7–14 years. All players who attend the Player Development Centre must play as part of a grassroots club; however this is not a prerequisite as support in finding a club can be provided. The Player Development Centre allows players the opportunity to receive 1.5 hours additional coaching per week.

For further information please do not hesitate to contact Alysha Cook on / 0191 387 2928

Women’s Football Pyramid Research

The FA is undertaking an insight project to gain the views of clubs operating in the Women’s Football Pyramid, the results of which will help to guide future priorities and programmes.

Please could you spare 15-20 minutes to complete the following Women’s Football Pyramid club survey:

Club survey:

All survey responses will remain completely confidential and will not be passed onto any third parties. By completing the survey you will have the chance to win one of two pairs of tickets to see England’s Euro 2016 Qualifier vs. Switzerland, taking place at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday 8th September 2015.

The closing date for completing the survey is before 11.59pm on Tuesday 2nd June 2015.

 Teesside Girls COE - Trials

Please find attached a fantastic opportunity for talented female football players aged 7-17. Teesside University holds one of 30 Centre of Excellence licences in the country and are holding open trials for players in June at U9, U11, U13, U15 and U17’s age groups. The Centre provides a professional programme with the aim of developing international footballers and provides a supportive environment for talented players to reach their potential. This includes technical sessions with highly qualified coaches overseen by an experienced A-Licence Technical Director; Sport Science support including individual strength & conditioning programmes for all players; medical support from a team of physiotherapists; a weekly fixture programme against the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal. The focus of all work at the Centre is Player Development.

If you would like to attend trials please complete the attached trials application form (below) or contact the Centre Manager Lindsey Stephenson for more information or to discuss further.

Lindsey Stephenson: 07557 780914 or

Address:  Teesside Sport Girls' Centre of Excellence

                Sport and Well Being Department

                Brittan Building

                Teesside University


                TS1 3BA

The Centre are keen for this opportunity to be made available to all appropriate players so please feel free to circulate through your own networks.

Dispensation for Girls Teams


13.1 From and including season 2009/10, any Club wishing to enter a new girls’ team into a League competition shall only do so if the league competition is sanctioned by the County FA with which the Club has Membership. If the Club is in membership of more than one County FA, the league competition must be sanctioned by the Club’s Parent Association. This Regulation applies to all new teams, irrespective of whether a Club has another team already competing in a league sanctioned by The Football Association or any County FA.

13.2 The following exceptions to the above regulation shall apply, and a new team shall be permitted to compete in a league sanctioned by The Football Association or any County

FA, regardless of whether the Club is in Membership of it, where the Club can establish –

(i) The travelling required to compete in a league sanctioned by The Football Association or another County FA is less onerous than the travelling that would be required to compete in the appropriate league sanctioned by the County FA with which it has Membership (or its Parent Association, where applicable); or

(ii) There is no appropriate age group division in the league sanctioned by the County  FA with which it has Membership (or its Parent Association, where applicable) for the new team to compete in; or

(iii) The league sanctioned by the County FA with which it has Membership (or its Parent Association, where applicable) does not offer the format of football that the Club wishes the new team to compete in e.g. 11 v 11, 7 v 7.

The County FA with which the Club has its Membership, or the Club’s Parent Association where applicable, shall decide, at its absolute discretion, whether any one of the above exceptions applies and so whether the team may compete in a league sanctioned by The Football Association or another County FA, and its decision shall be final and not subject to appeal.

13.3 Teams may continue to participate in any league that they have participated in prior to season 2009/10, irrespective of whether that league is sanctioned by The Football Association or a County FA other than the one with which that team’s Club has its Membership, or its Parent Association, where applicable.

Any teams wishing to seek dispensation for the forth-coming season should email

York City support Marie Curie Cancer Care 

York City Football Club Foundation have worked closely with the University of York and their students to promote women's football. This partnership culminated with the University hosting the first ever BUCS Women's Football Festival on March 6th. The festival was in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care and included employability workshops and keynote speakers from BUCS, Sport England and the University of York. Alongside this, YCFCF Women and Girls Officer, Ruth Brazier, attended the event, leading fun and inclusive sessions for local girls of any ability. Doncaster Belles goalkeeper Nicola Hobbs also attended the event, giving the young goalkeepers some individual training and tips. The day was a great success and led to many new faces engaging with the FFD programme for the first time and going on to join weekly sessions.

For any enquiries relating to girls or women's football at York City Foundation please contact:            

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