EFL Week of Action: Paul Warne visits FTP training
As part of the EFL Week of Action, Derby County Head Coach Paul Warne was at the University of Derby to see some of our Female Talent Pathway teams train.
Having formed in September this year, the Female Talent Pathway aims to develop local talent from U10 to U20 level, with the potential to shape new players for Derby County Women.
With nine teams in three different phases within the FTP, there was plenty of talent on show on Paul Warne's arrival.
Three of the squads were training at the time, who were put through their paces under the watchful eyes of Warne and his assistant Richie Barker.
''The standard has been really good and the coaching has been too. The girls are really enjoying it and it's the perfect environment for the players to become the best version of themselves''.
Paul Warne, Head Coach - Derby County
Derby County Women Captain Amy Sims also attended the session to catch-up with some of the players.
Amy was very familiar with the set-up, having came through the academy in what was known back then as Regional Talent Centre (RTC). The RTC was in place before it was transformed into the FTP earlier this year.
''It's really nice for the girls to see that there is a pathway to get into the first team, and there's more players doing that now. There's also more teams in total compared to when I last played here.''
Amy Sims, Captain - Derby County Women
It was a great way to showcase the work put into female football and how the number of players has increased over the years, which fits with the campaign behind the EFL Week of Action.
This week has been a chance to shine a light on life-changing community work, where all 72 member clubs unite to highlight the impact they have on their communities as a collective.