Girls from Manchester encouraged to get into football

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As part of The FA’s objective to double girls’ participation in football by 2020 The FA and SSE have launched 200 SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Clubs across the country this year.

The clubs offer girls aged 5-11 regular opportunities to play football and take part in organised sessions.

One of the 200 clubs is Manchester Respect League SSE Wildcats Girls' FC which is encouraging and inspiring local girls to take part in football and fitness sessions in a fun and engaging environment created exclusively for girls.

Manchester Respect League SSE Wildcats is running in conjunction with Manchester FA which utilises Manchester’s qualified coaches and local facilities. The SSE Wildcats clubs are ran on a weekly basis and will continue throughout the summer.

Various SSE Wildcats clubs are running throughout Greater Manchester, these include:

South Manchester Girls Football League
Woodsend Park Playing Fields, M41 8GZ on Saturday's.
petedyer222@btinternet.com | @SMGFL2003

Manchester Respect League
Armitage Sports Centre, M14 6HE on Sunday's.
(Jane) didsburygirlsfooty@outlook.com or 07745844394 | @RLsoccersundays

Droylsden Juniors FC
Droylsden JFC, Lewis Road, M43 6NR on Sunday's.
jimmythepost@aol.com or 0161 370 1502

Curzon Ashton FC
Tameside Stadium, OL7 9HG on Thursday's.
mark@curzon-ashton.co.uk or 0161 330 6033 | @CurzonYouth

Winton Wanderers
Trafford Soccerdome (Powerleague), M17 8DD on Sunday's.
misskirstyjennings@yahoo.co.uk or 07527936404 | @wintonwanderers

Oldham Futsal Arena
Oldham College, Rochdale Road, Oldham, OL9 6AA on Sunday's.
(Marcel & Butch) oldhamfutsalarena@gmail.com or 0161 785 5599 | @FutsalOldham

Cost (if any) is specific to each session.

Visit www.thefa.com/forgirls for further details on your local SSE Wildcats session.

Commenting on Manchester Respect League SSE Wildcats, Katherine Jones Manchester FA's FDO for Inclusion, said: "SSE Wildcats are a great way for young girls to get involved in the game in a safe, fun, girls-only environment. This encourages girls who otherwise wouldn’t consider playing to take part in football. Since we’ve started it’s been great to see their enthusiasm and enjoyment and we hope to see many more signing up over the coming weeks and months."

At the launch of SSE Wildcats, John Stewart, SSE’s Director of Human Resources, said: "We’re delighted to support The FA in setting up these centres for 5-11 year old girls, where they can come together to discover new skills, make lifelong friends and ultimately have fun.

"At SSE we believe everyone deserves the same opportunities, regardless of gender. We’re proud to support the SSE Women’s FA Cup; a competition which gives opportunities to clubs across the country no matter how big or small. And its why, together with the FA, we’ve created SSE Wildcats. After all, the game’s more beautiful when it’s open to all."

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.

To view a video from the session on Sunday 11 June, click HERE.