The new participation programme will provide funding for existing clubs who wish to create girls-only coaching sessions and build new competitive playing squads for girls between the ages of 5 and 14.
Royal Wootton Bassett Town Ladies currently have one Women’s squad and an Under 16s squad and the funding will allow the club to grow a new Under 10s team for the new season.
From Arsenal in FA WSL 1 through to Bradford City in the Women’s Premier League, the clubs taking part in the scheme stretch across the UK, demonstrating the wide demand for improved girls-only football provision.
The FA’s director of football participation and development, Kelly Simmons, said: “This is a fantastic initiative that will really make a difference in participation numbers.
“We know that our clubs provide an invaluable route to playing football for so many girls and this initiative will allow them to do even more good work in their communities.
“Female football participation is one of our key areas of focus at The FA and this will help to drive participation rates even further.”
Alan Young, SSE managing director of corporate affairs, added: “We’ve started to see the plans we’re making with The FA to grow the women’s game take shape and the participation programme is another huge step in ensuring girls have the best possible chance to get involved in the beautiful game – one of the main reasons we entered this partnership.”
To find out more about the work SSE are doing in women’s football visit SSE.co.uk/girls-united
The football club have the following sessions available for new players to come along to:
- Saturday Morning Club (SSE session for Girls in School years 2,3,4,5 from September 2016)- Saturday mornings from 10.00 – 11.00am.
- Under 16s (School years 10 & 11 from September 2016) Thursday evenings from 8 – 9:30pm
- Ladies (16+) Thursday evenings from 8 – 9:30pm
For further information on all Girls and Womens activity at the club please contact Becky Gammon on 07825 336479 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org