Free Saturday Skills Sessions and Wildcats Girls’ Football Centre
Friday 21 February 2020 - by Stuart Smedley (Updated on 21 February 2020 at 21:00)
Royal Wootton Bassett Town will be revamping its free Saturday morning Community Football sessions, beginning 29th February.
While continuing with the SSE Wildcats Girls' Football Centre sessions for 5-11-year-old girls, the other elements will be split into the 'Pokémon Club' for 4-8-year olds (boys and girls) and 'Young Guns Academy Club' for 9-14-year olds (boys and girls).
The Pokémon Club is part of a new FA initiative to increase the use of Futsal as part of children's football development. Futsal places emphasis on technical ability, decision making and reaction time of players and can result in more technically confident players.
The club is also looking for sponsors who are interested in supporting its Community Football programme. It is a fantastic opportunity to attach your company's name to an invaluable, hugely successful scheme that typically attracts more than 60 children each week. Interested parties are invited to contact chairman Andy Walduck.
The club originally introduced free skills sessions in September 2012 after the club had its Football Legacy Fund (FLF) application accepted by the FA National Youth Council.
And in 2018 the community football sessions received the prestigious Wiltshire FA Community Project of the Year in the inaugural FA and McDonald's Grassroots Football Award.
Meanwhile, the SSE Wildcats Girls' Football Centre began in May 2019. The FA and SSE launched the Wildcats Girls' Football initiative to inspire girls aged between 5-11 to be involved in football. The scheme aims to provide girls with regular opportunities to play football and take part in organised sessions in a fun, engaging and safe environment. Over 1,400 centres have now been established nationwide.