Girls across Kent 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 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 Kent County FA will be taking place at:
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.
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.”
Paul Dolan, Kent FA CEO, said: “The Wildcats programme is an excellent initiative which will generate hundreds of opportunities for girls to get involved in football at a young age. Kent is fortunate to have seven centres across the county in areas where there are currently limited provisions for girl’s football. We hope this will support our existing women and girls football development programme as well as growing the game at the younger ages”.
For more information about the SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Clubs please contact Natalie Curtis (Football Development Officer) on Natalie.Curtis@KentFA.com