As of 31st March Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust (WWSET) will be delivering a new SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Centre which will look to engage and inspire local girls aged 5-11 to play and be involved in regular football.
The sessions will offer organised football activities in a fun and engaging environment created exclusively for girls and will add to the 200+ clubs that were established throughout England in 2017, and the further 800 which are set to launch in 2018.
Our SSE Wildcats football sessions will take place on a weekly basis, for 16 weeks, every Saturday from 10.00 – 11.00am at John Hampden Grammar School (Marlow Hill, High Wycombe, HP11 1SZ), and begin on March 31st with the first session being free to attend and a nominal charge of £3 per session then commencing from 21st April, after the Easter break.
WWSET’s aim is that the sessions will allow girls to try football in a fun and non-pressurised setting for the first time, enable participants to meet new friends, develop fundamental skills, learn new things and create the foundations for a lifelong love of football.
SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Centres are run in conjunction with local County FAs and utilise qualified coaches and local facilities. The initiative is in line with The FA’s Gameplan for Growth, with the target of doubling girls’ participation in the sport by 2020.
Kelly Simmons, the FA Participation and Development Director, was recently quoted as saying:
“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.”
WWSET can’t wait to begin delivery and are excited about the opportunities the sessions will offer to young girls who may never have played football before. WWSET’s Female Football Officer Tammy John summed up her feelings on the new initiative by saying:
“Wildcats is a great new initiative that incorporates the fundamentals of movement with an introductory into football. Working for WWSET for the past year trying to engage females into football has given me many different experiences, although this project is one that I am especially excited for. Giving girls the best possible introduction into football, and ensuring they have a positive experience is the greatest priority.”
To sign up or for further information please don’t hesitate to contact Tammy on firstname.lastname@example.org.