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Girls Elite Development Academy (EDA) programme

20 Feb Girls Elite Development Academy (EDA) programme

After starting in 2016 our girls EDA with 32 talented young players on half of an astroturf, we have gone from strength to strength and we’ve grown into a programme with a great reputation. We now have over 75 girls training with us and representing our beloved Wycombe Wanderers in competitive fixtures against other professional clubs.

During February half-term we hosted a fixture festival including Arsenal, Norwich and Reading FC. This provided our girls with a fantastic challenge and we were able to put on a great display against the top class opposition. During the day the girls also got a visit from USA and Arsenal star Heather O’Reilly, who kindly came along to part some of her knowledge and inspire the next generation of players.

The girls EDA currently runs U10, U11, U12, U13 and U14 age groups and is a programme which has invited talented players to train with us in order to maximise their playing potential while also competing for their junior clubs at the weekend. The programme is a season-long programme running from September to July including 40-weeks of training and two player-parent review evenings where they sit in the executive boxes here at Adams Park to discuss their/their daughter’s development with their coaches directly.

Our primary aim at the girl’s EDA is to create a positive learning environment in which develops players; technically, physically, socially and psychologically at every stage of their development. We also aim to be innovative and inclusive with our coaching techniques in order to maximise the learning of all the players we work with. Our philosophy is based on the encouragement of ‘technical grooving’ through the repetition of challenging and focused practice, as well as the creation of an environment that encourages freedom to express individuality without fear of failure. We believe that by creating an environment in which a player can express themselves, be positive and have fun; this will have a huge impact and enhance the learning that takes place.

Some of the girls are here to watch today to celebrate our EDA player day at Adams Park so please give them a very warm welcome!

If you have a talented player that you think would benefit from training within the girls EDA programme please contact Lewis Bloom via email or call 01494455736.