The programme will see 200 SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Clubs opening throughout England this spring, each run in conjunction with the local County FA and their key partners. The move will provide girls aged from 5 to 11 with regular opportunities to play football and take part in organised sessions in a fun, engaging and safe environment over a minimum 16 week period.
The project is an integral part of The FA’s objective to double girls’ football participation by 2020 and has been established in a joint partnership between The FA and SSE, supporters of girls’ football participation and sponsor of the SSE Women’s FA Cup
The new SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Clubs in Northumberland will be taking place at Killingworth Young Peoples Club FC, Newcastle East End FC, the Newcastle United Foundation and the Pin Point Recruitment Junior Girls’ Football League.
The SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Clubs will run in the spring and through to the summer on a weekly basis, either at weekends, after school or during the evening. Parents and carers who attend with the girls will also have the optional opportunity to take part in football-related fitness sessions at the same time as the girls.
For details of how girls can sign-up to join the clubs please contact; Nicola Hepworth, Women and Girls’ Football Development Officer, via e-mail Nicola.Hepworth@northumberlandfa.com
or telephone (0191) 2700 700.
John Stewart, SSE’s Director of Human Resources, said: “We’re delighted to support The FA in setting up these centres, helping to deliver high quality coaching sessions across the country to the next generation of female footballers.”
“At SSE we are extremely proud to be a fundamental part of supporting the grassroots game. This is a key reason for our sponsorship of the SSE Women’s FA Cup, not only are we focussed on achieving greater awareness of the sport at an elite level, equally as important we are creating more opportunities and relentlessly encouraging more girls to get involved in football.”
Northumberland County FA CEO, John Ackerley said: “We are proud to support the new SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Clubs to increase participation and encourage more girls to get involved in football. This is a fantastic opportunity for Northumberland FA to work closely with local partners and FA Charter Standard Clubs to provide extra playing opportunities for young female players in Northumberland.
“The four clubs will provide fun, safe and enjoyable football sessions to players aged from five to eleven years of age and will provide suitable exit routes for players to continue to play football on a regular basis.”