One of only 13 Regional Talent Clubs to carry Tier 1 status, Sunderland and Gateshead RTC is run in partnership between Foundation of Light, Gateshead College and supported by Durham County Football Association.
The RTC is recognised as one of the best in the country based on a number of factors including facilities, quality of coaching, education and coach and player development.
Players take part in a comprehensive training programme covering all areas and concepts of football, with teams taking part in the RTC Tier 1 North League against elite clubs including Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United.
The RTC has helped establish talents such England stars Steph Houghton and Jill Scott, as well as current Sunderland Ladies players Bridget Galloway and Keira Ramshaw to name a few.
2019-20 season trial dates
Key times and dates:
- Under 10s: Players born from 1st September 2009 to 31st August 2011
- Under 12s: Players born from 1st September 2007 to 31st August 2009
- Under 14s: Players born from 1st September 2005 to 31st August 2007
- Under 16s: Players born from 1st September 2002 to 31st August 2005
- Please note that we advise players to attend all trial dates to give them the best chance of being selected for the Sunderland Regional Talent Club.
- Indoor and outdoor footwear should be brought with the player, along with shin pads and plenty of fluids.
How to apply:
When I was younger I was the only girl of my age playing football and it often became a bit competitive. Playing alongside girls at SAFC's Centre of Excellence not only helped me develop as a player but also as an individual too.