Girls’ Emerging Talent

A soccer coach explains tactics to a group of female players standing in a circle on an outdoor field at night, each with a soccer ball.

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Grimsby Town Foundation’s Emerging Talent Centre (ETC) for girls in 2024.

As part of the FA’s support and development of girls’ football, Grimsby Town have received funding to help develop young talent in our area. The FA’s vision for developing girls’ football is working towards making sure talented girls in the game have access to specialist coaching within an hour’s travel.

Grimsby has been recently nominated as the centre of excellence in our area and we have assigned some of our top coaches in the Club to support this project.


The programme runs for an initial 30 weeks, and we will be working alongside grassroots clubs in supporting our talented girls in the region who have previously had to travel lengthy journeys to access specialist coaching.

The project is based at the new 4G pitches at Humberston Academy and will see our GTFC Academy coaches involved in the delivery of coaching.

It is our ambition to progress the girls’ game throughout the region and assign them a pathway which could lead onto a career in coaching or involvement in sports and our ultimate dream of progression into the WSL or even a Lioness!

Further details are available from the FA website :

FA Girls’ Emerging Talent Centres to provide greater accessibility to the Player Pathway | England Football

Since the launch of the ETC, we have also launched a Premier League Kicks participation session alongside it, for those girls who don’t make the ETC, to still be able to play under the guidance of our qualified coaches. These can be found online via Official Soccer Schools.