Foundation plans for 50 new Wildcats Centres.

The Leeds United Foundation have big expansion plans for the SSE Wildcats Girls Football Centres they deliver across the North and West Yorkshire region during the 2018/19 season.

The Wildcats initiative was launched during the 2016/17 season with the club’s official charity having just two centres in Leeds. They then went on to expand into the Sherburn area, a location in need of more female participation in sport, opening another eight centres.

The success of the programme has meant that they are now hoping to grow the scheme even further across the city by providing 50 new centres in the next year that will mean they will be the biggest provider of Wildcats sessions in the West Riding area.

The project aims to target girls between the ages of 5 to 11 and encourage them to engage more with football in a fun and friendly environment. The sessions allow the girls to meet new friends, stay active and also develop fundamental skills which may help them transition into a grassroots football team.

More than 200 clubs were piloted across England with the scheme now being extended to more than 900 centres with around 26,000 participants across the country.

All of the sessions are delivered by qualified coaches on a weekly basis, usually after school hours or in the evening, and they provide a safe environment with great facilities where girls can lay the foundations for a lifelong love of sport.

The sessions are ideal for those who already play football or for girls who want to try football for the first time to improve skills such as balance, agility and co-ordination – for as little as £3 a session.

If any local schools are interested in becoming a centre for sessions and finding out the benefits of being part of an amazing opportunity please contact Jess.Douthwaite@leedsunited.com.

If you would like to find the nearest SSE Wildcats Centre to you or would like more information on the programme please click here.