January 21, 2011
Burnham football player heads to England squad trials
youngster Caitlin Berry has reached the final stages of England
Squad trials that the Football Association is holding in London
trial is being held for The FA to select the next batch of England
U15 and U17 youth players for international training and competition.
local Burnham girl has reached the final stages by being involved
with the Somerset FA Girls Centre of Excellence, which runs
as one of 50 talent identification centres set up to support female
players with the potential to be developed as international players.
Caitlin was put forward by her head coach and centre director
at the Centre of Excellence to attend the first phase of regional
trials last October in Plymouth
a result of attending the regional trial, Caitlin and six other
players from the Somerset FA Girl's Centre of Excellence were
selected for the final stage of trials that are being held this
The trials involve coaching, testing and playing activities to
assess the players in a variety of areas and compare them with
current international players.
Sarah Lawler, County Development Manager for Somerset FA, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The Somerset FA Girls Centre of Excellence
is delighted to have developed such a successful amount of players
to attend the final stage of the youth England trials. This programme
has been well supported by grass roots clubs who have been integral
to this process by supporting young female players to play in
local clubs from a young age and when noticing their talent and
ability the club managers have nominated these players to Somerset
FA for trials."
have a total of 64 players involved from eight years old to sixteen,
many of whom have shown the potential to play international football
and at Premier League standard. Everyone at Somerset FA wishes
Caitlin the best at this weekends trial and our aim for
her and all of the players we work with is to help them reach
their potential through this National talent Identification programme
that the FA fund."
Caitlin joined Burnbridge Wanderers as an Under 8, being the
only girl in the team, and she soon gained the respect of the
boys and surprised the opposition with her commitment, pace and
crunching tackles to become an integral part of the team that
gained promotion in 2006/2007 to Division 1 in the North Somerset
Caitlin continued playing for the team until Under 12s when the
FA rules stopped her playing in a mixed team. She was then asked
to trial for Somerset FA Girls Centre of Excellence and has played
for the Under 12s and Under 14s.