A little background information…
Horsham Sparrows FC has been providing football for girls for over a decade and was a founder member of the Sussex County Women’s & Girls Football League (SCW&GFL). Each year we start a debut team at Under 11 age group and in many cases, the players stay at the club and most move up through the successive age groups.
In previous years our recruitment drive has been through a 6 week summer training course but this season, we were invited by the FA to deliver their Wildcats initiative. This has been hugely successful and we’ve been amazed at how many girls have attended.
So what happens now?
The Wildcats sessions are scheduled to run for 16 weeks and after that the club wants to provide football for all the girls who want to continue. Given the broad age range this may be in several guises from joining a team to training only and possibly further ad-hoc summer sessions.
Playing in a team – We have entered an Under 11s team in the SCW&GFL and have some players from last year will stay down a year and join along side others who have attended training only. The age criteria is for girls who are 10 (or at least 9) on 1st September 2017
- Training: Tuesdays in Horsham park (and at Farlington School in the Winter) 7-8.00pm
- Match days: Sunday mornings with kick off usually 10-10.30am (Home games at Greenway with away games around Sussex)
- Cost £110.00 per season including kit, training, match days and insurance
Training only – Playing in a team isn’t for everyone and in some cases training with the squad is a great way of building confidence and having fun, especially for the younger girls. Every season we have players who train up a year then stay down the following year when the next team is formed. Costs for training only are £60.00 for the season.
Under 10s team – The league also runs an U10s division which is a great way for the younger girls to start playing (This would be for girls aged 9 or at least 8 on 1st September 2017). However entering a team would be dependent on 2 main factors:
- Having enough players
- Volunteers to help run the team*
The playing criteria and training only would be the same as detailed for the U11s team
*Who will run the teams and train the girls?
Horsham Sparrows FC is run entirely by volunteers (we have over 50 people including coaches, managers and committee members) and each year we look for parents and helpers to step forward and get involved. The current Wildcats coaches are all involved in other teams and will continue to provide support to get the team up and running but can’t do everything.
Therefore, as with every new season, we’re dependent on parents to join us and make it all happen. Volunteering and running a team can be hugely rewarding and seeing the players develop, have fun and make new friends are the core values we strive for as a club.
What can you expect from the club…
The current coaches will continue to run the training sessions (until next season when the whole process starts again!) and provide mentoring on all aspects of running a team. We will pay for any courses and safeguarding checks that need to be undertaken and will always be there to offer support
What you’ll need to do to get involved…
All volunteers need to be CRC checked. This was previously called a CRB check and one will be required even if one is held under a different authority (such as school or cricket etc). There is also a Child Safeguarding course that needs to be completed (a couple of hours one evening). These will all be arranged by the club’s Child Welfare Officer (CWO) and the club will pay for any fees.
As a Community Charter Club we also have qualified coaches working with each squad and we’ll pay for candidates to complete the FA Level 1 coaching course. This offers an excellent platform for providing safe, fun and effective training sessions. It’s often the case that 2 volunteers from the same team attend a course or alongside others from Horsham Sparrows FC
To sum up, the Club wants to provide football for all the girls that have attended the Wildcats sessions and want to continue either playing or training. With your help we can make this a reality and we will fully support anyone that wants to help…either in a coaching role or for admin.
Please don’t hesitate to speak to any of the coaches about all aspects of girls football – We’re here to help and will gladly stay on after each session and answer any questions you may have.