Grassroots clubs and organisations across the county are invited to express their interest in delivering one of the new SSE Wildcats Centres across Cambridgeshire as The FA programme expands within the county.
The programme which aims to increase girls’ participation between the ages of 5-11 will see 10 new centres set up across Cambridgeshire with a target of interacting with at least 300 players.
Centres will become hubs for girls’ football in their local area, and provide weekly training sessions for girls to who haven’t played football before.
After a successful pilot in the county which saw two centres run in Cottenham and Cambourne, we are looking for clubs and organisations who feel they can successfully run new centres. The required criteria to run a SSE Wildcats Centre are:
o 1x Administrator
o 2x FA licensed Coach (minimum Level 1)
o 2x Volunteers (minimum age 14)
o 1x Designated safeguarding officer
o Please note that at least one coach/volunteer must be female in a bid to increase the number of role models for the participants
- Each centre must have a Safeguarding Children Policy
- Have proof that your venue complies with Health and Safety regulations
- An Accident Reporting process
SSE Wildcats Centres must deliver a minimum of 1 hour a week for 16 weeks from the week commencing April 9th 2018. Successful organisations will be able to access £900 of funding to set up and deliver the project. The funding will be granted with 50% at the start of the programme and 50% half way through providing registers have been completed.
Football Development Officer Ashley Dean said: “I’m delighted that we have the opportunity to expand the SSE Wildcats Centres in Cambridgeshire. In the first year our two centres managed to engage with over 100 girls, many of which were playing football for the very first time. With the backing of SSE and the FA this can now be increased to give even more girls the platform to participate in the game”.
If your club or organisation would like to apply to host one of the new SSE Wildcats Centres registration opens on the 1st December 2018. For more information, please contact Ashley Dean on Ashley.Dean@CambridgeshireFA.com.