Girls' Football Springs Up Across the AFA

Girls across the AFA 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 the AFA will be taking place at:

•    Pro:Direct Academy BXB (Enfield)
•    Kew Association FC
•    Winchmore Hill Youth FC

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:

Pro:Direct Academy – Rosie Kmita - rosie.kmita@prodirectacademy.com / 07713691917

Kew Association FC – Lisa Sparkes - lisa30lj@aol.com / 07951271541

Winchmore Hill Youth FC – Anna Russell - russell@football1st.net / 07834386814

Full details of the sessions will be available soon.

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.”

Mike Brown, AFA CEO, said: “We are pleased to be working in partnership with Pro:Direct, Kew and Winchmore Hill to be able to deliver the SSE Wildcats Football Clubs to get girls across the AFA region playing football and growing their love of the game. The clubs have shown a great passion for girl’s football and are looking to inspire the next generation.”

For more information on the SSE Wildcats Girls Football Clubs or Women and Girl’s football, please contact Samantha Brown on samantha.brown@amateur-fa.com