Watch out, here come the Wildcats!
A FOOTBALL club is taking part in a nationwide initiative to get more girls involved in the game.
Emersons Green Football club is part of the FA’s Wildcats campaign, which was launched last year and encourages girls from the ages of 5 – 11 to come and give the sport a go in a fun, relaxed environment.
The Emersons Green girls team train once a week at Walkers Field on Blackhorse Lane and play in the Bristol Girls League. The Wildcats sessions are taking place over 16 weeks from April 23, and all girls who come along will get a book to track their journey and keep a note of their progress.
Sue Richardson is a level 1 qualified FA football coach and has been helping out at the club for a year and a half.
Talking about her love of football and why she thinks more girls should play, she said: “When I was at school I was told that girls didn’t play football, but I have always loved the game and I’ve been a season ticket holder at Bristol Rovers for 10 years. When my daughter decided she wanted to start playing I said I’d get involved and help out with training, which then snowballed to doing my coaching badges and then coaching the team.
“With boys’ football it is easy to find different levels of teams but for girls it is much more difficult, and often their first experience of football can be quite scary. Wildcats is a great step in between to give them a feel for football and learn what it’s all about, and girls of any ability can come along. Girls traditionally do singular activities like ballet and dance, and football gives them a great chance to experience team sports, and grow and develop together.
“For some girls it can be a turn off to be out in the wind and rain, so we are hoping that by running the Wildcat sessions during the summer months will help to engage the girls and encourage a love of football.”
The Wildcat sessions take place on Tuesdays from 6pm – 7pm. Each session costs £3, and girls that are interested can just turn up and pay on the night. To find out more, contact Sue by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Wildcats website: TheFA.com/SSEWildcats