Providing pathways into women’s professional football
Cameron Farthing is one of several players who have progressed into the Nottingham Forest Women’s U18 or reserves from our ‘Girls Regional Talent Club’ in 2020 and has big aspirations to make a name for herself at the Club.
Our Girls Regional Talent Club (RTC) is an enhanced coaching centre for U10-U16’s age groups that allows players identified as having elite potential the opportunity to access elite levels of coaching and support. It is a pathway for players in grassroots football to progress into the senior women’s set-up at the Club as well as the chance to participate in international trials.
We caught up with Cameron to see what she had to say about the RTC programme…
Why did you first join the RTC Programme?
Prior to joining the Programme, I was playing grassroots football, and although it was fun it wasn’t challenging enough for me and I wanted to take that next step.
Did the RTC programme help you to get to where you are now and if so, how?
Even though I was new to the club and wasn’t from the area, I felt welcomed by everyone at the RTC (Players and Staff). Over the course of the two years the I was at the RTC I really developed my game as an individual and team player, especially through the use of Individual Development Plans and Player Review meetings.
Do you think it’s important to have an RTC programme?
The RTC Programme is very important, and it is a useful steppingstone between grassroots and senor women’s football. You develop a lot as a player as well as having fun.
What has the support and opportunities been like at Nottingham Forest?
Joining Nottingham Forest RTC was a really good decision as I learned a lot of things on and off the pitch. The RTC is very welcoming, and I looked forward to going every week. I was very disappointed when my last season was cut short due to the pandemic. I loved how I was challenged and encouraged to become the best player I could be through training sessions that had a defined purpose, and this continued into senior football at Forest. I was very lucky to be given the opportunity to train with the senior reserve team during my last year at the RTC which helped me transition into women’s football.
What is aim for the future?
My main aim every week is to develop as a player and to enjoy playing the game. With regards to the future, I would like to try and progress to the Forest first team and play at the highest level that I possibly can.
Have you got any advice for those wanting to get into football?
Do it!!, Playing football at whatever level is such an enjoyable and fun experience. You make lots of friends along the way and it promotes both Physical and mental well-being.
If you would like to find out more about our Girls Regional Talent Club simply click here.