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Grass Roots

1 August 2018

Sheffield United Football Club has had a long-standing academy with a reputation of producing world class male and female professional football players.

Despite not having a professional women's first team prior to April 2018, the Club's academy has had an established girl's academy for over 16 years, producing international talent such as Millie Bright, Beth England and Jess Sigsworth to name just a few.

Sheffield United are one of only 34 clubs in England to have a licence from the FA allowing the club to run a Regional Talent Club (RTC), nurturing elite girls football across four age groups (U10s, U12s, U14s and U16s).

In addition to our elite programme, the club is active in promoting grassroots girl's and women's football programmes. The Sheffield United Community Foundation runs football teams from ages 7-8 right up to a competitive senior women's team. Providing football participation opportunities for girls and women of all ages and abilities.

In April 2018, after a lengthy bidding process Sheffield United FC were granted a place in the FA Women's Championship, which sees our Women's first team competing professional in the 2018/19 season against the likes of Manchester United Women, Tottenham Hotspur Women and Aston Villa Ladies.

As well as attracting new supporters to the club, the women's first team now complete the pathway for the progression of girls and women competing in football throughout the region.

Sheffield United Women also work closely with other grassroots clubs throughout the region in a bid to drive support and participation in the women's game. Under the FA Women's Championship, the club runs the popular Sister Club scheme, which affords other local grassroots team the opportunity to secure free tickets to Sheffield United Women's Fixtures, to find out more about the Sister Club scheme and how your local club can get involved, Leanne De Silva email

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