Weekly football sessions to take place at Dean Trust Wigan and Lowton High School from Monday 23rd April 2018.
- SSE Wildcats aims to inspire girls to play football and meet friends.
- The FA want to double female participation in football by 2020.
- Over 26,000 girls are taking part in sessions across the country.
Girls aged 5-11 in Wigan are set to be provided with regular opportunities to play football thanks to SSE Wildcats Girls Football Centres from The FA.
The initiative offers organised sessions in a fun and engaging environment created exclusively for girls. More than 200 clubs were piloted across England in 2017 and the scheme is now being extended to more than 900 centres with over 26,000 participants across the country.
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. SSE and The FA hope the initiative will inspire participants to engage with football, meet new friends, develop fundamental skills, learn new things and create the foundation for a lifelong love of football.
Sessions in Wigan take place at:
- Dean Trust Wigan (Monday 5-6pm) - starting from 23/04/2018
- Lowton High School (Wednesday 6-7pm) - starting from 25/04/2018
Each SSE Wildcats Girls Football Centre will be run in conjunction with local County FA's and utilise qualified coaches and local facilities.
As well as activities for girls, there will also be opportunities for attending parents, carers and siblings to engage with the sport at the same time through family sessions, which will include soccercise and walking football.
The initiative is in line with The FA’s Gameplan for Growth, with the target of doubling female participation in the sport by 2020. The strategy for women and girls football at grassroots level includes initiatives alongside SSE Wildcats, such as The FA's Girls Football Week, and there are opportunities to join local grassroots clubs such as Wigan Athletic Ladies Football Club, Leigh Genesis Football Club and Shevington Girls Football Club.
Kelly Simmons, FA Participation and Development Director, said: “Since the launch of SSE Wildcats we have seen great enthusiasm from the girls taking part to continue learning and playing football.
She added: "The centres have proved a huge success and we are pleased to be able to considerably grow the size of the initiative in 2018, offering a much higher percentage of girls across the country the opportunity to enjoy football in a safe and inspiring environment.”
For more information about the SSE Wildcats sessions, please contact Wigan Athletic Community Trust's Women and Girls Sports Engagement Officer Hannah Hipkin-Steele on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01942 318090.