Become a Wildcats Centre!

The FA are committed to doubling Women’s and Girls football participation by 2020. The SSE Wildcats Centre concept was introduced in 2017 to address the findings that only 3% of all mini-soccer teams cater for exclusively for girls and as such only 41% of girls (compared to 95% of boys) under the age of 10 regularly play football.

What is The FA’s SSE Wildcats Girls Centre initiative?   

The Aim is simple: HAVE FUN, MAKE FRIENDS & PLAY FOOTBALL An SSE Wildcats Centre is an opportunity for girls aged 5-11 to have fun, develop fundamental skills, try a variety of sessions and lay the foundations for a lifelong love of sport. By working in partnership with the County FA, qualified coaches deliver sessions locally to provide girls the opportunity to experience football for the first time in a fun & safe Environment. The sessions are delivered on a weekly basis, either afterschool or weekends. Having established 200 SSE Wildcats Centres, The FA and SSE are now creating a further 800 SSE Wildcats Centres across England in 2018.

Why should I apply to become a Wildcats Centre?

If you are looking to start girls football within your club/organisation this is the ideal initiative for you! You will be provided with support and guidance in setting up the perfect environment for girls, which hopefully will see you retain players to develop and lifelong journey of football. Within Hampshire we have seen great success from our 6 centres having players transitioned into clubs and creating teams. You will benefit from national training, equipment package, £900 funding and national marketing and branding to support the launch of your centre.

Who Can Apply?

Anyone who meets the SSE Wildcats Criteria can apply. (Download Application Guidance)
For example; Clubs, Leagues, Private Sports Providers, Local Authorities, National League Trust, Premier League, County Sports Partnerships, Charities, Schools (if the session is open to community e.g afterschool club).

How do I apply?

  1. Firstly download the SSE Wildcats Girls Centre Guidance for Application Form by CLICKING HERE.
  2. Please make sure you read through everything on this document as this will help with any questions you may have.
  3. Register your interest by CLICKING HERE
  4. Once you have registered your interest we will send you The FA’s official link for an application when the window opens on 1st December 2018.

What happens after I apply?  

Once your application has been submitted, it will be sent to the CFA who will then review your application. Feedback will then be provided and sent back to you, once everything is ok this will be sent to The FA for  review. Please note submitting an application will not guarantee you to become an SSE Wildcats Girls Centre as this is subject to meeting the criteria set by The FA, however please liaise with our CFA Women & Girls Officer who will aim to support you meeting the criteria.

Key Dates

Application Window Opens – 1st December 2017              

Application Window Closes – 8th January 2018Successful Organisations Notified – 1st FebruarySSE Wildcats Centre Training – February & March 2018 (At St Georges Park)

National, regional & local Marketing - February & March 2018

SSE Wildcats Start Date – W/C 9th April 2018

FA Girls Football Week – 23rd – 29th April 2018

For further information, please contact the Women & Girls Football Development Officer, Ellie Hellyer:

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