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Girls welcome to join the Wildcats!

22nd March 2018

York City Football Club's Foundation is to provide even more opportunities for girls aged 5-11 to play football.

The Foundation is linking-up with Easingwold Town FC and York RI AFC to open TWO new 'SSE Wildcats Girls' Football Centres' next month.

These are in addition to the Foundation's existing centre which has been in operation for the past 12 months at York Sports Village.

Part of a national campaign promoted by the Football Association, the 'Wildcats' centres provide girls, aged 5-11, with regular opportunities to play football.

The initiative offers organised sessions in a fun and engaging environment and are created exclusively for girls.

More than 200 centres were established around England in 2017 and a further 800 are set to be launched in 2018.

The YCFC Foundation has been involved in the initiative since it’s inception and is now the largest provider of the centres in the York area.

The SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football sessions take place on a weekly basis, after school or at weekends, and provide a safe environment where girls can try football for the first time.

SSE and the FA hope the initiative will inspire participants to engage with football, meet new friends, develop and learn new skills, and build a foundation for a lifelong love of football.

Where to find the YCFC Foundation Wildcats Sessions:


  • Saturdays 10-11am at York Sport Village during term time and should be pre-booked via Equivalent to £2 per session, payable in half termly blocks. Available now!


  • Starting April 16, Mondays 5.30-6.30pm at Easingwold Town FC, Bull Hill, Easingwold – in partnership with Easingwold Town AFC. Turn up and play. Register with the coach and pay £2 per session.


  • Starting April 18, Wednesdays 5.30-6.30pm at York RI, New Lane, Acomb – in partnership with York RI AFC. Turn up and play. Register with the coach and pay £2 per session.


Paula Stainton, YCFC Foundation Manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted - not only to be able to expand our offer for girls - but also to be working in partnership with two local grassroots clubs York RI AFC and Easingwold Town AFC and their management committees.

"These are true partnerships with us working together in every aspect of the centres from coaching to promotion, with a shared goal of getting more girls interested in the game on a recreational basis."

Peter Nottage, the chairman of Easingwold Town AFC, said: "Easingwold Town AFC really welcomes this initiative from the FA and are delighted about our partnership with York City. 

"We are very much looking forward to contributing our football knowledge, experience and first class facilities to help get young girls in the Easingwold and surrounding areas engaged in football. 

"We hope that by providing them with great and fun coaching sessions it will be the beginning of their life long love of the game."

Kat Richardson, from York RI AFC, said: "We are thrilled to be entering into this partnership with York City. We are excited to be able to combine our skills and experience in girls and ladies football to deliver great coaching sessions for younger girls in the Holgate and Acomb area of York.".

Each SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Centre will be run in conjunction with local County FAs and utilise well qualified coaches.

The initiative is in line with the FA’s 'Gameplan for Growth' with the target of doubling girls’ participation in the sport by 2020.

The strategy for women’s and girls’ football at grassroots level includes initiatives alongside SSE Wildcats such as FA Girls’ Football Week, York City’s City Girls programme and the girls only teams currently offered by Easingwold and York RI AFC.


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