Girls across Middlesex 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 Middlesex FA will be taking place at 5 centres:
- Brent Schools – Capital City Academy
- Brentford - Swift Road Sports Centre
- Enfield Town - Enfield Town Playing Fields
- Kinja/Barnet - The Hive
- Ruislip/QPR - Whiteheath Junior School then Kings College Playing Fields
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.”
Middlesex FA Chief Executive, Peter Clayton, said: “It’s a great pleasure to be working with a number of our clubs on this new project. As a County we’re committed to helping the FA to achieve the target of doubling girls’ football participation by 2020 and we hope that increasing opportunities for young females to get involved with and find a love for the game will help to do this. This is only the beginning of a very exciting new phase for female football in Middlesex.”
For details of how girls can sign-up to join the clubs, please see contact details below:
- Brent Schools: Chris Ampofo - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Brentford: Jamie Tompkins - email@example.com – 0208 326 7030
- Enfield Town - firstname.lastname@example.org – 07939 087 744
- Kinja/Barnet: Yul Muzzioli - email@example.com - 07480 904 904
- Ruislip/QPR : Dave Holden - firstname.lastname@example.org – 07956 304 966