Popularity of girls’ football in MK soars after launch of FA initiative

The successful launch of SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Centres across Milton Keynes is inspiring a new generation of girls to take up football.

The popularity of girls’ football in Milton Keynes has soared after the successful launch of an initiative by the Football Association and SSE to inspire girls aged between 5 and 11 to get involved in the sport.

SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Centres provide girls with regular opportunities to play football and take part in organised sessions in a fun and engaging environment.

200 centres were established across England in 2017 and a further 800 were put in place for 2018, including seven in the Milton Keynes area.

The sessions take place on a weekly basis, either after school or at weekends.

They provide a safe environment for girls to have fun engaging with football, make new friends, develop fundamental skills, try a variety of sessions and create foundations for a lifelong love of sport.

More than 5,300 girls have taken part in the programme so far and 99% stated that they enjoyed the experience, saying that it was a positive, fun and friendly environment.

North West MK SSE Wildcats Centre is operated by FC Castlethorpe Youth.

The Centre’s Head Coach, David Pears said: “FC Castlethorpe Youth are excited to be involved in this fantastic initiative that has already inspired many girls aged between 5 and 11 to be involved in football in MK. We hope it continues to inspire many more.

“The aim is to provide a safe and fun environment where girls can play together and experience the great game of football.

“No previous football experience is required and if girls want to continue playing at the end of the programme we can signpost them to a local FA Chartered club that will take them on the next steps of their football journey.”

There are SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Centres at Woughton Leisure Centre, Bushfield School, Conniburrow Sports Pavilion, Ousedale (Olney) School, Flackwell Heath Minors FC, Newport Pagnell and Rickley School. For further information email david@fccastlethorpe.co.uk

This feature was published in the May 2018 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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