An exciting new football opportunity for girls aged 5 to 11 years…
‘Wildcats’ is a nationwide initiative from the Football Association that’s designed to make football more accessible for girls aged from 5 to 11 years old. It is available locally from Horsham Sparrows FC, the town’s only club with all girl teams and founding member of the Sussex County Women and Girls Football league.
Winter training sessions
Following the success of the Wildcats summer sessions we’re now running winter sessions too! These will be run on Tuesday evenings with the onus on providing training sessions that are great fun and engaging for all the girls regardless of age or ability. They will be run by qualified and CRC checked volunteer coaches and each session will be 1 hour in duration.
- Start date: Tuesday 3rd October 2017 (from 6.00pm -7.00pm) then every week thereafter
- Location: Farlington School astroturf pitch
- Cost: £60.00 for all sessions up to April (The first session is free)
- Participants: For girls aged 5 to 11 years
- Important footwear information – Boots with long studs or blades are not permitted as they can damage the playing surface
Guildford Road (A281)
The school can be found on the A281, about a mile outside of Broadbridge Heath. Download registration form here
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I sign up?
You’re free to come along on the day but we would ask that you advise us so we can plan the sessions around expected numbers. Please either:
- Send a confirmation email including your daughter’s name and your contact details.
- Complete and return the consent form [download here] – This will save you the time of completing it on the day.
Post to: Club Secretary, Horsham Sparrows FC, 12 Orchard Road, Horsham. RH13 5NF
My daughter hasn’t played football before – can she still attend?
Yes – The sessions are designed to introduce girls to football regardless of their experience. There will be activities that suit participants with varying football experience and we anticipate girls attending who play regularly to those who are complete beginners…everyone’s welcome.
How many sessions will there be?
There will be 16 sessions in all and we plan to run them on each Saturday morning (bar 6th May which is the club’s annual end of season fun day – which is free for anyone to attend).
What will be taught in the sessions?
We will plan the sessions to include all aspects of football from warming up to playing mini games. There will be sessions focusing on ball skills, passing, running with the ball as well as some of the more technical aspect such as goalkeeping and throw-ins.
Will I have to sign up to anything?
We will be following the FA’s guidelines which means completing a consent form as described above. There will also be a register to sign the player in and out of each session.
Can my daughter join if she missed the first session?
Yes – we understand that due to other commitments, not all of the participants will be able to attend each session. We also anticipate the numbers to grow as word of mouth helps to promote the sessions. If your daughter enjoys the first sessions…encourage her to tell her friends!
Who runs the sessions?
The sessions will be delivered by FA qualified Coaches with CRC checks and child safeguarding credentials in place and on occasion, will be assisted by players from the club’s older youth teams (who already have experience helping younger teams).
All coaches and club officials will be there to ensure the participants enjoy the football activities in a fun and safe environment and will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.
What happens after the last session?
Horsham Sparrows FC currently has 6 female teams and each year we form a new U11s team that plays in a league. This is for players aged 9 and 10 on or before 1st September 2017. However, the success of this is bound by the amount of players wanting to sign up and just as importantly, volunteers stepping forward to help run the team. We may also consider an under 10s team if demand is there.
How can I help?
Horsham Sparrows FC is run entirely by volunteers and each team requires coaches and administrators. It can be hugely rewarding getting involved in youth football and we offer support and training for all our volunteers – Ask one of the coaching team for more details.
Sparrows day session gallery…