Here come the girls

HEYSIDE Football Club is helping to promote the growth of the girls’ game with the launch of a new training session.

SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Centres provide girls aged 5-11 with regular opportunities to play football.

The initiative, in conjunction with the Football Association, offers organised sessions in a fun and engaging environment created exclusively for girls.

Heyside’s course starts on Wednesday, April 25 at Crompton House School, Shaw Road between 6-7pm. All coaches will be fully qualified FA Level 1 and each session costs £3.

To book your slot contact Mark Boothroyd on 07568 374775 or Ann Rodgers 07769 676326.

More than 200 clubs were piloted across England in 2017 and the scheme is now being extended to more than 900 centres with 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.

The initiative aims to 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.

Alongside the football for girls activities, there will also be opportunities for the attending parents, carers and siblings to engage with sport in ‘Family Sessions’, eg Soccercise/Walking football at the same time.

Each SSE Wildcats club will be run in conjunction with local County FAs and utilising qualified coaches and local facilities to offer girls a location nearby where they can get involved.

SSE Wildcats has been established in partnership with SSE, supporters of girls’ football participation and sponsor of the SSE Women’s FA Cup, with support from UEFA, FIFA and The Youth Sport Trust.

England star Karen Carney has backed the SSE Wildcats to get more girls active.

She said: “I attended a similar FA initiative as a child and that was when I first fell in love with football.

“Hopefully the girls attending the SSE Wildcats clubs will get the same enjoyment I did and stay involved in the game for years to come.”

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