Several England players have been accepted in the new intake for the FA National Player Development Centre at Loughborough University.
Sponsored by Umbro, the centre offers a football scholarship for talented players with the potential to become internationals.
Casey Stoney, of Charlton Athletic, is the biggest name who will join the course in September and is hoping that the quality A License
coaching offered will help her keep her position at right-back in the England senior team. Joining her at Loughborough will be England
Under-19 players Toni-Anne Wayne, Laura Bassett, Faye Dunn and Emily Westwood. Arsenal's Nicole Emmanuel is a regular Under-17 player,
while Catherine Beaver and Annie Barrett will take part in the Under-17 and U-19 training camps next week.
Of the original 19 students who began the inaugural term of the NPDC in September 2001, 13 players stay on for a second year. These
include several players from the Under-19s successful European Championship campaign in May, where England reached the last four.
Head of the Centre, Jane Ebbage, is looking forward to the new term. "We laid some good foundations in the first year of the
centre, despite it being a steep learning curve for both the players and the staff. This school year will be more difficult for the
second year girls because there are a lot of talented, motivated girls coming into Year One who will challenge the others to work even
"I'm really excited about the new season. We have established a calendar of fixtures so the players can work together more
often as a team and the coaches can then see what we are teaching them in practise."
Jane Ebbage coaches the players, with the goalkeepers benefiting from the experience of the England senior team's Goalkeeping Coach Mark
Phillips. The players are based at the Centre from Monday to Friday, taking training sessions as well as education courses at Burleigh
College or Loughborough University.
The players are also expected to use a gym programme, with personal exercise and fitness routines developed in consultation with FA
Exercise Scientist Dawn Scott. The new intake will do work as a unit on conditioning and technique, then join in with the Year Two
students on general coaching sessions.
The 22 players will join up in early September at Loughborough and a media open day will be held later that month.
Year One - New intake - September 2002 - Player biographies
16-year-old striker cum winger, football runs in the family for Nicole - her Mum is involved in Berkhamstead Ladies and her Dad
with Watford and Harrow. In addition to playing Nicole is also a qualified referee for Bedfordshire County FA. The striker looks
up to some strong female role models in the game including Marianne Spacey, Fara Williams and Kelly Smith. Nicole has also played
hockey for England and also enjoys netball, basketball, tennis, rounders, badminton and athletics.
Casey Stoney - Charlton Athletic
She may only be young, but Casey already has plenty of winners' medals to her name having played in a very successful Arsenal
side since joining in 1999 but she has just joined Charlton Athletic to ensure regular first team football. Casey was a member of
the talented England Under-18s squad alongside the likes of Katie Chapman and Rachel Unitt. She has made the step-up to regular
England squad member and is gaining the experience that could help her to win a regular starting place.
Toni-Anne Wayne - Southampton Saints
Toni has been a member of the Arsenal academy but has been successfully accepted on to the FA football scholarship for September
2002. A regular between the goalposts with the Under-19s last season, Toni comes from a football-mad family who all enjoy playing
the game. After a spell on loan at Barnet in 2001-02, the goalkeeper signed for Southampton Saints with a view to get regular
first team football. She cites the England men and women's goalkeepers David Seaman and Pauline Cope as her role models, as well
as Kelly Smith.
Laura Bassett - Birmingham City
Laura will be studying for a degree in Sport & Exercise Science as well as receiving quality coaching. 'Bertie' caught the
footballing bug by kicking a ball around on the touchline as her brother and her father played. In her spare time, she enjoys
playing tennis, netball and basketball. The team captain at Birmingham City, Laura has scored one international goal - in the 4-3
away defeat against Denmark in November 2001.
Faye Dunn - Tranmere Rovers
Faye is a popular member of the England Under-19s squad and justified her place at the European Under-19 Championships in May by
netting two goals. Faye is a student, studying for A-levels in PE, IT and Business and would like to go on to study sports
science. A Liverpool fan, Faye cites her hero as Reds legend Kenny Dalglish.
Catherine Beaver - Huyton FC
Catherine took part in a recent England Under-17s friendly, where they drew 2-2 with the British Universities XI - girls who are
at least two years older than that discipline. A goalkeeper, Catherine has been regularly trained at the Tranmere Rovers Centre of
Annie Barrett - Barnet
Annie is an 18-year-old central defender and she plays with Barnet in the FA Women's Premier League Southern Division. She has not
made the England Under-19 squad yet, but she will participate in an Under-19s training camp next week.
Emily Westwood - Wolves
Emily first started playing football at primary school with her friends and now plays for Wolves Ladies in the FA Premier League
Northern Division. Emily has recently completed her studies on a catering course, but would like to move into the field of sports
and exercise in the future. She cites Paul Gascoigne and Rachel Unitt as her footballing idols.
Denise Thomas - Leeds United
Denise is 22 years old and has just signed on for National Division side Leeds United. Denise showed huge potential as a young
player and went to the USA on a football scholarship, but came back home after suffering a serious injury. Now recovered from
that set-back, Denise is hoping to reach her best yet again.