NEWS | RUCST join FA England Women’s Talent Pathway

Rotherham United Community Sports Trust (RUCST) are delighted to announce our involvement in the newly expanded Talent Inclusion Programme work with the FA and 33 other EFL Club Community Organisations (CCO).

The Talent Inclusion programme ensures that through our existing community activities, female participants can be identified and referred to the FA England Women’s Talent Pathway. Social class, ethnicity and demographics should not be a barrier to success.

For girls showing potential, the programme creates a pathway from community to full England honours, with an educated workforce that identifies and supports potential.

We will be supported by an education and learning programme managed by the EFL Trust and supported by The FA.

The longer term aspiration of the programme is for all English EFL clubs to engage.

FA Women’s Talent Pathway Operations Manager, Alexis Lunn-Gadd commented,

“Our partnership with the EFL Trust contributes hugely to our ongoing work to develop and deliver an accessible and inclusive talent pathway. We are delighted that the programme has expanded to 34 Clubs. We cannot underestimate the impact of the bespoke work the CCO’s will be delivering within their communities and how that will undoubtedly help unearth potential hidden talent.”

Loo Brackpool, Head of Participation and Community Engagement at the EFL Trust comments,

“We are delighted to be continuing our work in partnership with The FA to really address areas of need. The EFL Trust network of Club Community Organisations delivers in some of the most diverse communities within the country, engaging thousands of girls on a weekly basis. We know there is talent out there, we just need to provide the opportunities by working with the network and The FA to make talent pathways more accessible by understanding local need and barriers.“

The group of participating EFL CCOs can be seen below:

Accrington Stanley Community Trust

AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust

Aston Villa Community Trust

Argyle Community Trust (Plymouth)

Bolton Wanderers Community Trust

Brentford FC Community Sports Trust

Bristol City Robins Foundation

Bristol Rovers Community Trust

Burton Albion Community Trust

Club Doncaster Foundation

Derby County Community Trust

Exeter City Community Trust

Foundation 92 (Salford)

Foundation of Light (Sunderland)

Huddersfield Town Foundation

Ipswich Town Community Trust

Leeds United Community Trust

Leyton Orient Trust

Lincoln City Foundation

Luton Town FC Community Trust

Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation

Northampton Town FC Community Trust

Peterborough Utd Foundation

Port Vale Foundation

Preston North End Community and Education Trust

QPR in the Community Trust

Reds in the Community (Barnsley)

Rochdale AFC Community Sports Trust

Rotherham United Community Sports Trust

Stevenage FC Foundation

Stoke City Community Trust

Sheffield United Community Trust

Tranmere Rovers in the Community

Wigan Athletic Community Trust

For more information please contact community@rotherhamunited.net or 01709827767.