For a village football club Sedlescombe Rangers has big ambitions and even in lockdown it has something to celebrate.
The club announced this week that it has had its ‘Wildcats Centre’ status extended for a further 12 months by Sussex County Football Association.
The club had huge success in its maiden year as a Wildcats centre with well over a dozen girls aged five to 11 actively taking part each week with some even moving into the club’s mixed teams and competing across various age groups.
Wildcats is an FA initiative to support and encourage girls aged from the age of five up to 11 to engage with football in an all-female, relaxed environment with the emphasis on participation and enjoyment. With many girls likely to find joining a mixed team a daunting prospect, especially if they have not played football before, Wildcats serves not only as a starting point, but provides ongoing coaching up to the age of 11 for girls of all abilities.
Currently sessions are on hold due to Government and FA Guidance regarding Covid-19, but the club hopes sessions can start again soon, and with more girls hopefully looking to join.
Wildcats lead coach Michelle Compton had this to say: “We have a consistent 12 girls attending Wildcat sessions each week who are a mixture of ages and abilities.
“The aim of our sessions is for the girls to enjoy football in a relaxed atmosphere with no pressure, where they can learn new skills, have fun and make new friends. Over the past year we have had girls come to us and where they are enjoying it so much, it has given them the confidence to join mixed teams and get involved in competitive football with the boys.
“It’s been so nice seeing the group grow and hopefully keep growing. I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for the Sedlescombe Rangers Wildcats!”
The girls also got the chance to be mascots for Bexhill United Ladies Football Team this season in their Sussex Women’s Challenge Trophy in which they won. This was a great experience for the Wildcats and a great effort in supporting the growth of girls and women’s football”
If you are interested in joining Wildcats or would like further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org