Get involved with SSE Wildcats Girls' Football Clubs
Apply To Become An SSE Wildcats Centre
What is SSE Wildcats?
In March 2017, The FA launched the strategy for Women’s and Girls’ Football, 'Game Plan for Growth'.
The vision was for football to become the number one team sport of
choice for every girl and woman in England.
However, to do this, the SSE Wildcats concept had to address the findings that only 3% of all mini-soccer teams cater exclusively for girls and, as such, only 41% of girls (compared to 95% of boys) under the age of 10 regularly play football. The FA and SSE developed the initiative in order to create a sustainable football offer to inspire girls aged between 5-11 to play the beautiful game.
SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Centres provide girls with regular opportunities to play football and take part in organised sessions in a fun and engaging environment. In 2018, over 800 centres have taken part in the initiative, getting over 20,000 girls playing football. The FA are now looking for even more organisations to get involved and support their mission to double girls’ participation by 2020.
SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football 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.
Make a difference and join over 1,000 SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Centres and inspire 5-11 year old girls to get involved!
How are SSE Wildcats Centres run?
Each SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Centre is run in conjunction with local County FA's utilising qualified coaches and local facilities to offer girls a location nearby where they can get involved.
The sessions take place on a weekly basis, either after school or at weekends, subject to each local organiser. They provide a safe environment where girls who don’t currently play the game can have fun engaging with sport, make new friends, develop fundamental skills, try a variety of sessions, and create foundations for a lifelong love of sport.
What benefits are there to being an SSE Wildcats Centre?
Organisations that become an approved SSE Wildcats Centre can access various benefits that include:
· Access to a start-up grant of £900
· Centre support to include staff induction training
· FA coach mentor support
· Kit and equipment
· National marketing and branding to support the launch of your centre
What happens when I apply?
The application window for organisations or individuals who would like to deliver an SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Centre will now close on the extended 21st January 2019 deadline. The registration portal can be accessed here: https://faevents.thefa.com/eventapplicationform/
Your application will be reviewed and feedback given (where required) before being submitted to The FA for review and approval.
For more information on how to get involved in this fantastic initiative, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us on: 01905 827137 (ext. 215).