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How can I take part in the Elite Development Programme?

Players are either selected from the England U18 squads through recommendations from England Age Group head coaches. Alternatively, players can be nominated by National League clubs in the autumn of each year to attend trials in February. Following trials, players are invited to attend an extended period of the programme for talent confirmation. At this point, players are formally selected to join the programme. 

In exceptional circumstances, nominations will be taken from National League coaches throughout the year. High potential players may receive opportunities to attend the Development Programme while playing in England Age Group Squads if it is thought to be beneficial for their stretch and development. These players are supported on a case-by-case basis by the England Age Group and Development Programme managers and coaches. Players nominated through the club system will enter around February of each year.