Girls across Worcestershire will be provided with increased opportunities to play football after a new nationwide participation programme was announced.
The programme will see 200 SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Centres 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 Centres in Worcestershire will be taking place at:
- De Montfort School (Evesham)- Starts Thursday 20th April 6pm-7pm
- Kidderminster Harriers (Baxter College)- Starts Saturday 25th March 10am-11am
- South Bromsgrove High School- Starts Monday 3rd April 5pm-6pm
- Worcester City (University of Worcester)- Starts Sunday 9th April 10am-11am
The SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Centres 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 centress please contact Laura McGinn, Football Development Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.”
Nichola Trigg Chief Executive at Worcestershire FA, said: “We’re delighted to have the support from The FA in setting up 4 girls’ mini-soccer centres across Worcestershire.
Our aim is to double participation in the female game over the next four years and we see these centres as the first step to achieving this providing a pathway for girls to play and learn new skills in a fun and enjoyable environment.
Worcestershire FA is committed to supporting the female game and building on the success we have achieved in the County with our Charter Standard Clubs who offer girls’ teams.”
The following Charter Standard Clubs currently provide girls’ teams, helping us to achieve our target of doubling female participation in Worcestershire:
Malvern Hills District
Droitwich Spa Boys and Girls
Wyre Forest District
Wyre Forest Phoenix