Action shot of the SSE Wildcats Manchester Respect League club.

Taking Over The City!

There's never been a better time to join the SSE Wildcats movement in Greater Manchester.

SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Centres from The FA will provide girls in Manchester aged 5-11 with regular opportunities to play football. The initiative offers organised sessions in a fun and engaging environment created exclusively for girls. More than 200 clubs have been established throughout England in 2017 and a further 800 are set to launch in 2018.

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. SSE and The FA hope the initiative will 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.

Each SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Centre will be run in conjunction with local County FAs and utilise qualified coaches and local facilities. As well as activities for girls, there will also be opportunities for attending parents, carers and siblings to engage with the sport at the same time through 'Family Sessions' including Soccercise and Walking football.

The initiative is in line with The FA’s Gameplan for Growth, with the target of doubling girls’ participation in the sport by 2020. The strategy for women’s and girls’ football at grassroots level includes initiatives alongside SSE Wildcats, such as FA Girls’ Football Week.

Kath Jones
We are pleased to announce that Manchester will now have 20 Wildcats centres launching over the next few months. It is great to see more opportunities becoming available for new female players thanks to our fantastic clubs and organisations.
- Kath Jones, Football Development Officer (Women's & Girls') FOR GIRLS
confirmed centres

Droylsden Juniors (existing 2017 centre)
Elite FC
Longford Park
Milnrow Juniors
Reddish North End
Manchester Lions
FC Bluestar
Tiki Taka Football Academy
De La Salle
Oldham Athletic Community Trust
Wellfield Junior
She Can Play (Bury)
Salford United Juniors
FC United of Manchester
Failsworth Villa FC
Manchester Communications Academy
Vipers FC in partnership with University of Manchester
Kingsway Athletic
Manchester Road Primary School

Specific details of each session will be announced soon. For more information contact

To speak to somebody at Manchester FA, contact:

Kath Jones
Football Development Officer
(Women & Girls)
0161 225 1966

The offices at Platt Lane are open Monday-Friday (8am-8pm) and Saturdays (9am-2pm).


Girls across the UK will be provided with increased opportunities to play football after a new nationwide participation programme was announced.