As part of The FA’s objective to double girls’ participation in football by 2020 The FA and SSE have launched 200 SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Clubs across the country this year. The clubs offer girls aged 5-11 regular opportunities to play football and take part in organised sessions.
Staffordshire host 7 of the 200 clubs taking place across the Country. The Clubs all encourage and inspire local girls to take part in football and fitness sessions in a fun and engaging environment created exclusively for girls.
Ran on a weekly basis, Staffordshire FA is working in partnership with 7 local football clubs and partners, in order to provide 5-11 year old girls the opportunity to play football in a safe environment. Continuing throughout summer, the Clubs are a great platform for the girls to learn new skills, make new friends, and have fun.
Various SSE Wildcats clubs are running throughout Staffordshire including:
· North Staffs SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Club in partnership with Stoke Town FC and Staffordshire University
· Newcastle Town SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Club
· Stafford College SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Club
· Active Lives SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Club
· Pelsall Villa Colts SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Club
· Walsall Ladies SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Club
· Wyrley Juniors SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Club Visit www.thefa.com/forgirls for further details on your local SSE Wildcats session.
Commenting on the SEE Wildcats Girls’ Football Clubs taking place across Staffordshire, Staffordshire FA Football Development Officer (Inclusion), Bethan Woolley said:
“SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Clubs are for all girls whether they have played football before, or trying it for the first time. The Clubs are a great platform for the girls to learn new skills, make new friends, and have fun. We were lucky to gain 7 centres throughout Staffordshire that all work towards increasing participation in girls’ football. The Clubs have been launched at a fantastic time, in the build-up to the 2017 Women’s European Championships and The FA’s Girls Football Week.”
At the launch of SSE Wildcats, John Stewart, SSE’s Director of Human Resources, said:
“We’re delighted to support The FA in setting up these centres for 5-11 year old girls, where they can come together to discover new skills, make lifelong friends and ultimately have fun”. “At SSE we believe everyone deserves the same opportunities, regardless of gender. We’re proud to support the SSE Women’s FA Cup; a competition which gives opportunities to clubs across the country no matter how big or small. And its why, together with the FA, we’ve created SSE Wildcats. After all, the game’s more beautiful when it’s open to all.”
SSE Wildcats has been established in partnership with SSE, supporters of girls’ football participation and sponsor of the SSE Women’s FA Cup, with support from UEFA, FIFA and The Youth Sport Trust.