Girls across Staffordshire 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 Staffordshire 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.

For details of how girls can sign-up to join the clubs please contact Bethan Woolley on

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.”

Adam Evans, Staffordshire FA Chief Executive said, “It is fantastic that we have been able to secure 7 SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Clubs throughout the county. These centres will provide a great introduction for young females to experience fun and engaging sessions in a safe environment. The fact that we are able to offer this on a regular occasion for a minimum of 16 weeks will hopefully encourage more young females to stay involved and engaged in the game for many years. With clubs being attached to each centre should provide an easy transition for those wishing to get involved.”

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