4th December 2018
Following the official announcement that England is to host the UEFA Women's EURO Championships in 2021, the York College Women’s Football Development Centre was featured on Channel 5 News, profiling talented females in the game.
Gaz Lee, Sports Development Centre Coordinator at York College, and ECFA National Women's Coach, says: It’s great news that England has been chosen to host the 2021 European Championships, to continue the outstanding work done by the Lionesses and the FA in promoting the female game in this country. It will be a great chance for the next generation of female footballers to see first-hand a number of world-class role models from across Europe on their doorstep. Young female players will get the chance to see the first female Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg along with Pernille Harder and Dzsenifer Marozsan who finished in 2nd and 3rd place, on English soils, as well as England role models such as Lucy Bronze, Steph Houghton and Fran Kirby.
"This announcement is a huge step forwards in the evolution of female football in England. Even in my decade coaching in the female game there has been a massive increase in young girls wearing kits, playing football and dreaming about having a professional career in the game. The investment in Women's football from the FA in the development of the Women’s Super League has really given players the motivation to turn what used to be a hobby into a full time job."
The Women's Football Development Centre at York College contributes to supporting the aspirations and dreams of young talented footballers from around the local area. The College is honoured to have supported players like Rachel Daly who was part of the Football Development Centre and who now plays professionally at Huston Dash (in the USA) and is currently playing for England, as well as supporting the next generation of female coaches with current England Women’s Under 18’s Manager Emma Doone (formally Emma Coates) who is a former York College Development Centre player.
York College Women's Football Development Centre on the Channel 5 News, 3rd December 2018: