We are delighted to announce SSE as title sponsor of the Scottish FA Girls' Soccer Centres designed to help a new generation of girls aged between 5 and 12 years old to fall in love with football in a fun and nurturing environment.
Initially launched in April 2017 across the six Scottish FA regions, by the end of 2017 there were 39 Soccer Centres across Scotland, with some 650 girls participating.With the investment, the Scottish FA aims to have more than 1,000 girls enrolled across 50 Soccer Centres by the end of 2018.
The Soccer Centres are run in partnership with local authorities, leisure trusts, schools and community clubs to deliver weekly active sessions for girls and help to create a gateway for them to the club game.
SSE announced our new sponsorship of the Soccer Centres at a packed out launch event at the SSE Hydro on Monday, 23 April, attended by SWNT players Lee Alexander and Claire Emslie and SWNT Head Coach Shelley Kerr.
More than 100 primary school girls from local schools Drumchapel Primary, Glasgow Gaelic School and St. Patrick's Primary were at the launch to take part in small-sided football matches and training drills led by Scottish FA staff and the SWNT ambassadors, as well as a special Q&A session with Head Coach Shelley Kerr.
Colin Banks, Head of SSE Sponsorship at SSE, "At SSE we are proud to support the Scottish FA Girls' Soccer Centres, together we can make a difference in inspiring young girls to play football, in a safe, inclusive and engaging environment. SSE is driven to nurture and develop talent on and off the field, and we firmly believe that everyone deserves the same opportunity regardless of gender. That's why we're continually exploring new ways to make Women and Girls' football more accessible to play and support."
Donald Gillies, Head of Girls' and Women's Football at the Scottish FA: "We are delighted to welcome SSE on board as title sponsor of our Girls' Soccer Centres and are extremely grateful to them for their investment in growing the girls' game in Scotland.
"The Soccer Centres are designed to make the game attractive to as wide an audience of young girls as possible and offer a gateway into the game for many girls who may otherwise have no outlet for their interest in football."
"SSE share our passion for growing the girls' and women's game and are the perfect partner for the programme as we look to inspire a new generation of female players to fall in love with the game."
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