Liverpool County Football Association is excited to announce that 21 SSE Wildcats Centres are to open across Merseyside this spring, providing a huge boost to girls’ football across the county as we aim to provide girls aged between 5 and 11 with even more opportunities to get involved in football.
The 21 new Wildcats Centres will be in addition to the seven centres already delivering the programme, meaning that a total of 28 venues will be available for girls wishing to start playing the beautiful game.
In addition, two of the new SSE Wildcats Centres will be disability football-specific, ensuring that opportunities will be available to disabled girls within the 5-11 age bracket.
SSE Wildcats Centres were introduced in 2017 to provide a platform for girls to get involved in football within a fun, friendly setting. Whilst at a centre, girls will have the chance to have fun, develop fundamental football skills and try a variety of sessions, which are hosted on a weekly basis either after school or at weekends.
The majority of SSE Wildcats Centres are delivered through established grassroots clubs, Council Sport Development teams, School Sport partnerships, private football providers, community departments at Premier League football clubs and leisure/community centres. Each Wildcats Centre will have FA-qualified coaches delivering sessions.
Each Wildcats Centre are FA approved and have been through a rigorous application process, part of which is a compulsory training day at St George’s Park. All coaches at the centres have a minimum FA Level 1 in Coaching Football, FA Safeguarding Certificate and FA Emergency Aid qualifications – accompanied by a full FA Criminal Records Check.
In addition, each centre has a designated safeguarding officer and provides exit routes to local girls’ football clubs who wish to progress into a club environment.
Anna Farrell, Football Development Officer at Liverpool County FA, said: “This is an exciting time for girls’ football on Merseyside. We have a large number of Wildcats Centres in the county that will be delivering girls’ football, with the centres a great way for girls to get involved in a pressure-free environment. Sessions are fun and enjoyable and, who knows, perhaps we’ll have a number of local girls representing the Lionesses in the future!”
To find your nearest SSE Wildcats Centre, please click here to take a look at our interactive map.
To register a child, please email the relevant centre’s contact on the map. Please do so, as each centre has different start dates across April and May.
For more information, please contact Anna Farrell, Football Development Officer at Liverpool County FA, via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0151 523 4488.