Wildcats football club scouting for girls

"Since we launched our SSE Wildcats sessions back in April, the interest has been superb and we're keen to grow the club even more."

Arron Dunn, Staffordshire University Sports Engagement Co-ordinator

Girls with an interest in football are invited to develop their skills by joining a new club based at Staffordshire University.

As part of a national initiative supported by the Football Association and energy company SSE, Staffordshire University has joined forces with Stoke Town FC Ladies to run an SSE Wildcats club.

The club, for girls aged 5-11, makes use of the astro-turf pitches at The Stanley Matthews Sports Centre and delivers football and fitness sessions in a fun and engaging environment.

Arron Dunn, Staffordshire University Sports Engagement Co-ordinator, said: “Since we launched our SSE Wildcats sessions back in April, the interest has been superb and we're keen to grow the club even more. The girls are thoroughly enjoying the sessions that are co-delivered by our student sports coaches and the support from the parents has been fantastic.

“At Staffordshire University we're committed to engaging with the community through sport and promoting healthy lifestyles. We work collaboratively with local partners, clubs and National Governing Bodies to deliver outreach programmes and SSE Wildcats is a great example of this.”

There are seven SSE Wildcats Football Cubs across the county and Staffordshire FA Football Development Officer (Inclusion) Bethan Woolley added: “SSE Wildcats Girls' Football Clubs are for all girls whether they have played football before, or trying it for the first time. The clubs are a great platform for the girls to learn new skills, make new friends, and have fun.”

Staffordshire University SSE Wildcats runs in conjunction with Staffordshire FA, which uses four qualified coaches and local facilities. The sessions take place every Friday evening from 6pm - 7pm at The Stanley Matthews Sports Centre, Staffordshire University, Leek Rd, ST4 2DF and will continue throughout the summer.

For more details and information on how to join please contact Arron Dunn a.dunn@staffs.ac.uk or Dave Duckers davidduckers@googlemail.com

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