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FA Regional Talent Centre – Partially Sighted And Deaf Update

Newcastle United Foundation, in conjunction with Northumberland FA, successfully applied for an FA licence to run a Partially Sighted and Deaf Regional Talent Centre (RTC) for the 2015-16 Season. 

The purpose of the Regional Talent Centre is to recruit young deaf and partially sighted players deemed to possess the potential to progress within the England Talent Pathway. For the first time in the North East of England there is now a performance centre for young talented partially sighted and deaf players. 

The current RTC programme caters for players aged between 12 – 16 years of age and there are a total of fourteen players who participate on a weekly basis.

One member of the squad, Jamie Foster, who is partially sighted has been selected after a successful trial to attend FA Emerging Talent training camps. There will be four three day camps held in Hereford offering intensive practical sessions followed up by one to one strength and conditioning work. The next stage for him aiming to be included in the England Partially Sighted Development squad.

In March the Newcastle FA Regional Talent Centre – Partially Sighted and Deaf, attended the FA National Cup fixture that was held at Birmingham International Futsal Centre.  There were ten teams from across the country in attendance in Under 14 and Under 17 age groups.  The FA Newcastle RTC Under 14 team finished as runners up in their competition.

Reggie Dornan, Disability Coach at Newcastle United Foundation, said; “The Regional Talent Centre has been a fantastic addition to the disability football offering in the North East.  We’ve identified some outstanding talent and we’re incredibly proud of Jamie’s involvement with the FA Emerging Talent set up.  He’s worked so hard and absolutely deserved the call up.  

“It was brilliant to take the teams to Birmingham for the National Cup – both teams showed real skill and determination. It was a great experience and really exciting for the U14’s to secure the runners up spot!”

For more information on Disability coaching email reggie.dornan@nufc.co.uk 

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