Derby County duo Will Hughes and James Wilson attended a training session for the Derby County Girls Regional Talent Centre on Thursday 29th September.

The Regional Talent Centre, delivered by the Derby County Community Trust, offers enhanced coaching and support designed to improve the development of elite female players through the FA Girls’ England talent pathway.


Taking place at the University of Derby, Thursday’s session saw Regional Talent Centre’s U10 and U12 teams take to training, working on passing and movement in line with the technical programme set out at the beginning of the season.

The arrival of the duo sparked a lot of excitement amongst the young participants many of whom were big Derby fans and Season Ticket Holders. They got the time on the players’ arrival to probe their heroes with questions about being a professional footballer and the season ahead.

For the remainder of the session both Hughes and Wilson even got the chance to take part in a couple of training drills, helping the girls to develop their skills.

Once training had come to an end they took plenty of time out to chat to all of the youngsters, sign shirts and pose for photographs – much to delight of all in attendance.

Speaking after the appearance, Hughes said: “It’s been great to come down and see the girls in action. I was really impressed with their quality and it was good to put a smile on their faces as well.

“From what I’ve been told, there are a few girls that are in and around the England set-up so where I can, I’ve offered them advice but it’s not hard to see how talented they are.

“They all take their training very seriously, which is good especially at this age. Hopefully they can keep progressing as they are and we will see them in the England team in the future.”

This weekend will see the season continue for the Girls Regional Talent Centre, as the different age groups continue to take on local teams and Talent Centres from clubs across the country.

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