Wildcats are Coming

Berks and Bucks FA have been allocated 24 licences to run SSE FA Wildcats centres throughout the County.

The FA and SSE have opened up an initiative designed  to inspire girls aged 5-11 years to get involved in football. SSE Girls Wildcats Football Centres will provide regular football sessions that will focus on fun and positive engagement.

Year 1 will see us boost our already thriving girls football areas. Applications are open from 1st December - 8th January. Year 1 hot spot areas are in Milton Keynes, High Wycombe, the Reading/Wokingham Borders, West Berks and South Oxford/VOW borders.

We are keen to hear from potential delivery partners to get these projects up and running; ideally these could be any grassroots clubs, coaching providers, sports partnerships, the council, professional clubs, school networks or other organisations.

  • The aim is to provide a fun and enjoyable experience for girls to have their first taste of football.  
  • With the aim of attracting 30 girls aged 5-11years.
  • The centres must run for 16 weeks from April – July.
  • Stronger applications will have sustainability plans.
  • Providers can access up to £900 to run the sessions.
  • Coaching criteria must be met.
  • Weekly Registers must be updated online.
  • Training at support is available nationally and through your County FA.

Application guidance notes are provided below. To access the SSE Wildcats Girls Football Centre application form, click here: SSE Wildcats Centres 

We will be hosting some drop-in sessions to support potential Wildcat deliverers with their application. If you would like to discuss, please drop the designated contact an email and book a slot – these sessions are: 

Monday 4th December 2017 at BBFA – Abingdon 5-8pm. Lisa.Welling@berks-bucksfa.com
Tuesday 5th December 2017 at Reading - email Simon.Wears@berks-bucksfa.com 
Tuesday 12th December 2017 in Amersham, 4.30-6pm. Lisa.Welling@berks-bucksfa.com 
Monday 18th December 2017 in Milton Keynes, 6-8pm. Lisa.Welling@berks-bucksfa.com
Tuesday 19th December 2017 in Slough, 4.30-6pm. Sam.Wheeler@berks-bucksfa.com
Wednesday 3rd January 2018 in Aylesbury, 5-7pm. Lisa.Welling@berks-bucksfa.com
Wednesday 3rd January 2018 in Reading (Madejski Stadium), 6-7pm. Simon.Wears@berks-bucksfa.com
Friday 5th January 2018 in Abingdon (BBFA Offices), 10am.-2pm. Lisa.Welling@berks-bucksfa.com

If you are interested in hosting an FA Wildcats centre, please let us know prior to submitting your application so we can give you the best chance to be successful - contact lisa.welling@berks-bucksfa.com