Girls across Oxfordshire 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 Oxfordshire FA will be taking place at:
o Start date: 23rd March
o Time: 17:00-18:00
o Venue: Carterton Community College 3G pitch, Upavon Way, Carterton, Oxfordshire, OX18 1BU
o Price: £1.50 per session (can pay for 16 weeks up front for £24 with cheques made payable to 'Oxfordshire County Council')
o Start date 30th March
o Time: 16:00-17:00
o Venue: Kidlington Youth Football Club, Orchard Recreation Ground, Evans Lane, Kidlington, Oxfordshire, OX5 2HX
o Cost: £2 per session
o Start date: 6th April
o Time: 15:30-16:30
o Venue: Bicester Leisure Centre, Parkwood Leisure, Queens Avenue, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX26 2NR
o Price: £1 per session
James Shiplee, Football Development Officer at Oxfordshire FA, said: “We’re delighted to announce the locations of our SSE Wildcats Girls' Football Clubs across Oxfordshire.
"The provision of the Football Clubs are an extremely exciting development for young girls across the county and will offer a whole new opportunity for girls to get involved in the game in safe and fun environments."
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 click here.
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.”