SSE Wildcats Girls' Football

Become an SSE Wildcats Centre

Apply to become an SSE Wildcats Centre.

Having already established 200 SSE Wildcats Centres in 2017, The FA and SSE are now creating a further 800 Centres across England in 2018. 

The Centres are a key part of The FA’s commitment to doubling Women’s and Girls’ football participation by 2020.

From Friday 1 December 2017, grassroots clubs, organisations and community groups will have the opportunity to apply to become an SSE Wildcats Football Centre, delivering football for 5-11 year old females in London and Greater London, through the Amateur FA.

What is an SSE Wildcats Centre?

An SSE Wildcats Centre is an opportunity for girls aged 5-11 to have fun, develop fundamental skills, try a variety of sessions and lay the foundations for a lifelong love of sport. Sessions are delivered by qualified coaches on a weekly basis, either after school or at weekends.  

For those participating, the aim is simple; have fun, make friends and play football.

What do Centres need to apply?

In the first instance, you need to make contact with AFA Football Development Officer, Samantha Brown, via or 020 8733 2613
SSE Wildcats Centre must run for a minimum of 16 weeks during the spring/summer of 2018
SSE Wildcats Centres must also demonstrate how they plan on attracting a minimum of 30 girls each week, and how the activity will be sustained post funding
All organisations receive £900 start-up grant and 30 Nike footballs
All SSE Wildcats Centres must complete registers at each session and upload them to the online system on a weekly basis. This is a crucial part of the funding criteria; failure to upload registers may result in the funding being withdrawn
Participants should reflect the diversity of the population of the local area and organisations should be inclusive of disabled participants
Any organisation that meets the SSE Wildcats Centre criteria can apply


Application window opens
1st December 2017
Application window closes
8th January 2018
Successful Organisations notified
1st February 2018
SSE Wildcats Centre Training
February & March 2018
National, Regional & Local marketing
February & March 2018
SSE Wildcats Centre start date
W/C 9th April 2018
FA Girls’ Football Week
23rd -29th April 2018

For further information, including the criteria, funding, training and support provided, please download the guidance by CLICKING HERE

To complete a Wildcats expression of interest form, please CLICK HERE

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