01:00PM, Monday 05 October 2020
Ascot United have created a new ‘Wildcats’ team designed to encourage girls aged between 5-11 to lace up their boots.
Ascot is one of the largest amateur football clubs in the UK with more than 55 teams and specially trained coaches will take the weekly sessions on Wednesday evenings between 5-6pm. They’ll be held on the club’s new all-weather 3G pitch at Ascot’s home, alongside Ascot Racecourse.
To launch the side the sessions will be free of charge until Christmas and £3 per session thereafter. Stict COVID guidelines will be in place and must be followed.
Carol Checkley, head of girls’ football at Ascot United, said: “With the introduction of Wildcats at Ascot United we’re hoping to encourage more girls to try the sport and hopefully go on to join our teams and participate in matches.
“The sessions will give girls the opportunity to learn and develop their skills, take exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle, make new friends and have lots of fun. Who knows it could be the starting point for a future Lioness.”
The women’s game has grown phenomenally in recent years, boosted by England’s success at the 2019 Women’s World Cup. Latest figures reveal that more than 2.63m women aged 16 and over now play football in England. Ascot currently has two senior ladies’ teams and eight junior teams from u10s upwards, training 150 female players.
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