We are very pleased to announce that the Regional Talent Club (RTC) at Reading FC Women, which functions as an academy for fledgling footballs between the Under-9 to Under-16 age groups, has been awarded a Tier 2 License by the FA after its continued success over the last two seasons.
Re-joining the England Talent Pathway in 2016, our RTC was originally allocated a Tier 3 License, but has since consistently performed above and beyond the expectations placed upon it. Notably, our RTC has put more players in the England talent pathway than the majority of tier 1 RTCs, with eight players receiving England U15s and U16s call ups across the 2017/18 season.
Additionally, last season’s incredible FA Youth Cup run also helped our RTC gain recognition, with our U16s knocking out Arsenal, Chelsea, Southampton and Manchester United in the process en route to a place in the final of the competition.
Director of Women & Girls Football and first-team manager Kelly Chambers commented: “We’re really pleased that the FA have recognised the success our RTC has enjoyed over the last two seasons.
“Our academy has always been a crucial part of our pathway and one that has produced, and will continue to produce, first team players for us.”
RTC Centre Manager Joe Manns continued: “While the tiering system is in no way a complete reflection of the quality of RTCs throughout the country, it does show we are moving in a positive direction.
“We have a five-year plan for the RTC and one of our targets was to achieve a Tier 2 License at the end of our second year, which we are pleased to have met. We will keep working hard to provide the best possible pathway for our girls through to our first team.