SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Centres from The FA will provide Kent girls aged 5-11 with regular opportunities to play football.
The initiative offers organised sessions in a fun and engaging environment created exclusively for girls.
More than 200 clubs have been established throughout England in 2017 and a further 800 are set to launch in 2018.
SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football sessions take place on a weekly basis, either after school or at weekends, and provide a safe environment where girls can try football for the first time. SSE and The FA hope the initiative will inspire participants to engage with football, meet new friends, develop fundamental skills, learn new things and create the foundation for a lifelong love of football.
Sessions in Kent are based in the following locations:
Aylesford Larkfield Swanley
Bromley Maidstone Swanscombe
Dover Margate Tankerton
Faversham Medway Tunbridge Wells
Folkestone Orpington Gravesend
Sheerness Romney Marsh Herne Bay
Sittingbourne Kings Hill Ashford
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The SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Centre will be run in conjunction with Kent FA and utilise qualified coaches and local facilities. As well as activities for girls, there will also be opportunities for attending parents, carers and siblings to engage with the sport at the same time through ‘Family Sessions’ including Soccercise and Walking football.
The initiative is in line with The FA’s Gameplan for Growth, with the target of doubling girls’ participation in the sport by 2020. The strategy for women’s and girls’ football at grassroots level includes initiatives alongside SSE Wildcats, such as FA Girls’ Football Week, Goals 4 Girls festivals, Ladies Recreational sessions and key support from Kent Girls & Ladies Football League and the South East Counties Womens Football League.
England and Charlton Athletic Womens goalkeeper Katie Startup said “Enjoying football from a young age isn't just about physical benefits. It helps young girls with their confidence and self-esteem and develops them into strong young women. With the opportunities and role models in the women's game at the moment, it's a great time for girls to get involved and the SSE Wildcats will be a key player in that.”
Kelly Simmons, FA Participation and Development Director, said: “Since the launch of SSE Wildcats we have seen great enthusiasm from the girls taking part to continue learning and playing football. The 200 existing clubs have proved a huge success and we are pleased to be able to considerably grow the size of the initiative in 2018, offering a much higher percentage of girls across the country the opportunity to enjoy football in a safe and inspiring environment.”
For more information on the FA Wildcats programme in Kent or women and girls football in Kent please contact Natalie Curtis on 01622 792140 or firstname.lastname@example.org