The Nottingham Forest Girls Regional Talent Club (RTC) is an enhanced football programme for U10-U16 female players. The programme provides the girls with coaching and support through the ‘FA Girls’ England talent pathway.

Ava Williamson started playing football when she was 8 years-old, encouraged by her dad she began playing at Lowdham Colts where he was her coach. Ava attended our U10’s RTC trials last year but unfortunately, she didn’t progress into our programme. Instead of giving up Ava said she worked even harder at Lowdham and started to attend our Advanced Coaching Centre sessions every Monday at The Forest Sports Zone. After a year of hard work and training Ava decided to try again and attended our U12’s RTC trials where she was successful, and she has now started her first season at the RTC.

When asked about RTC Ava said she loves the coaches at Nottingham Forest because “they’re really nice and listen to her” and she said her favourite thing about RTC is “playing against the boys team on a Saturday”. Compared to playing for a grass roots team Ava said that the training at RTC is harder which she likes because it pushes her more and she said she prefers it because her coaches and team mates listen better. In the future Ava said she want to continue training and working hard to achieve her goal of becoming a professional footballer.

Here at Nottingham Forest Community Trust we are excited to support the continued growth of women in the sporting industry and in football.

To find out more about our Girls RTC programme click here.