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Wildcats Launches At Dale - The FA Girls’ Mini Soccer Centre Programme

30 March 2017

Wildcats Launches At Dale...

What: Here at Rochdale AFC, we are starting the programme on Wednesday 5th April 

Where: Soccer Factory, Royle Barn Road, Rochdale

Who: Girls aged 5 – 11

Contact: Keith Hicks on 07958593121
The FA has committed to doubling Women and Girls participation in football by 2020. In order to support this target, girls need to experience football within the community at a younger age as currently only 3% of mini soccer teams are girls only, while just 41% of girls (compared to 95% boys) aged under-10 play football.  

Research has shown that the majority of girls enjoy playing in girls’ only teams more than mixed teams, and the earlier a girl starts playing football the more likely they are to have a long-term relationship with the sport. 
A Mini Soccer Centre (MSC) is a female only playing opportunity for girls aged 5 – 11. The centre will take place on a weekly basis, either afterschool or at weekends. It will be a safe environment where inexperienced girls can; have fun engaging with sport, develop fundamental skills, try a variety of sessions, learn new things and create foundations for a lifelong love of sport. 
This programme will seek to redress the gender balance by establishing 200 pilot MSC across the Country in the Spring/Summer 2017. Girls will be given the opportunity to experience football through fun sessions that encapsulate friendships, character building and learning. 
Alongside the main activity, MSC will also provide an opportunity for the attending parents and guardians and siblings to engage with sport in ‘Family Sessions’, eg Soccercise/Walking football 

The FA MSC pilot sessions will run in the Spring/Summer of 2017 in in the lead up to the Euros.  
A MSC will target new female participants however it will be open to all girls aged 5 – 11

Here at Rochdale AFC, we are starting the programme on Wednesday 5th April at the Soccer Factory, Royle Barn Road, Rochdale.

For more info, contact Keith Hicks on 07958593121.

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