The impact has been massive to us as a football club, but also the local community. Until the SSE Wildcats started, there was only two years in Lichfield and these were at older age groups. This has brought a whole new opportunity to young girls in Lichfield… As a result of the SSE Wildcats Centre, we are setting up three new girls’ teams, all of which will play in the Staffordshire Girls and Ladies Football League. To us, the programme has been a massive success. These girls would not have had the opportunity to play football without the SSE Wildcats Centre, so that in itself is a massive achievement- David Vaughan, Lichfield City Football Club, SSE Wildcats Centre
Could You Host A Wildcats Girls' Football Centre?
Since their introduction in 2017, SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Centres have provided opportunities for thousands of girls across the country to play the beautiful game.
The Wildcats initiative offers organised sessions in a fun and engaging environment, created exclusively for girls. 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.
Wildcats aims to inspire participants to engage with football, meet new friends, develop fundamental skills, learn new things and create the foundation for a life-long love of football.
Established in partnership with SSE, supporters of girls’ football participation and sponsors of the Women’s FA Cup, Wildcats also receives support from UEFA, FIFA and the Youth Sports Trust
COULD YOU HOST A CENTRE IN STAFFORDSHIRE?
Last season, there were 20 SSE Wildcats Centres running in Staffordshire, which equated to 424 girls between the ages of 5 and 11 taking part in football for the first time within the county. In addition, 11 NEW mini-soccer teams have been generated solely off the back of the Wildcats initiative – and now play football within the Staffordshire Girls and Ladies League.
This season, Staffordshire FA is seeking new partners to deliver the Wildcats initiative, with the application window opening on 1st November 2018.
All organisation types are encouraged to apply – and existing experience of delivering girls’ football is not mandatory. The aim is to increase the number of organisations leading on girls’ football around Staffordshire.
On Tuesday 6th November, Staffordshire FA will be hosting a SSE Wildcats Introduction Evening to provide more information on the programme, and we invite ALL interested organisations to book onto the evening by CLICKING HERE
If you’re interested in getting involved in the Wildcats programme, or wish to obtain more information, please email Support@StaffordshireFA.com
please click here to download a document providing guidance for applicants