Cheadle girls Wild about playing football

FIVE young Cheadle SMUFC Wildcats teams took part in a girls football tournament at Keele University organised by the Staffordshire FA.

The girls, aged between 5 and 11 years, were involved in a number of games throughout the afternoon to show off their skills.

SMU welfare officer Chris Morton said: “The girls had a great time, despite the sunny but frosty weather.

“The tournament proved to be a success and a great opportunity for the girls to try out their skills against teams from within the county.

“I would like to thank the girls, the coaches and the families/friends for their ongoing commitment and support”.

The SMU girls train at the South Moorlands Leisure Centre in Cheadle on Monday nights, between 6.30-7.30pm, and Wednesday nights, between 4.30pm-5.30pm.

The Monday session is fully subscribed but there are a limited number of places available for  the Wednesday session.

Anyone interested should call Chris Morton on 07840 337 533.

The Wildcats initiative promoted by the Staffordshire FA offers girls the chance to get their first experiences of the game.

Bethan Woolley, Staffs FA Football Development Officer (Inclusion), explained: “Wildcats Girls Football Centres offer girls aged 5-11 regular opportunities to play football and take part in fun, engaging activities created just for girls.

“The sessions take place on a weekly basis, either after school or at weekends, subject to the local organiser.

“They provide a safe environment where girls with no football experience can; have fun engaging with sport, develop fundamental skills, try a variety of sessions, learn new things and create foundations for a lifelong love of sport.

“Each centre is supported by an FA coach mentor to ensure standards are kept as high as possible to enable a lifelong love of football.”