Didcot Casuals Football Club
Didcot Casuals Football Club

Didcot Casuals FC chosen to be an FA SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Centre

08 March 2018

Didcot Casuals SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Centre will provide girls from South Oxfordshire aged 5-11 with regular opportunities to play football. The FA initiative offers organised sessions in a fun and engaging environment created exclusively for girls. More than 200 clubs have been established throughout England in 2017 and a further 800 are set to launch in 2018, Didcot Casuals has been chosen to be one of them based on the remarkable success of their Mini Miss Kicker’s programme which has created three new and sustainable girls teams in the past three years.

Didcot Casuals SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football sessions will take place on Saturdays, 11-12pm starting 14th April 2018 for 16 weeks.  We are very pleased that through our continued community partnership with Aureus School (Candytuft Way, Harwell, Didcot, OX11 6FF) that we are able to provide first class facilities for the girls to enjoy their football in a safe and fun environment where girls can try football for the first time.  Didcot Casuals, SSE, The FA and Aureus School hope the initiative will inspire girls from South Oxfordshire to engage with football, meet new friends, develop fundamental skills, learn new things and create the foundation for a lifelong love of football.

Parents and carers can sign their child up here:

Didcot Casuals SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Centre will run in conjunction with Berks and Bucks FA and will utilise qualified coaches and local facilities. The initiative is in line with The FA’s Gameplan for Growth, with the target of doubling girls’ participation in the sport by 2020. The strategy for women’s and girls’ football at grassroots level includes initiatives alongside SSE Wildcats, such as FA Girls’ Football Week.

Jeff Lynn, coach for the Didcot Casuals FC SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Centre said: “I’ve been involved in Didcot Casuals for many years and was fortunate enough to grow and develop a very successful girls team with the club.  Girls football has often suffered with an inconsistent approach to sustainable growth and we are really looking forward to the club building on our brilliant Mini Miss Kickers programme and taking it to the next level with the Wildcats Centre.  The support from Aureus School, Berks and Bucks FA, SSE and the national FA has been crucial and we can’t wait to get started with the fantastic and largely untapped pool of young female footballers available to us in South Oxfordshire. We’d also like to thank South Oxfordshire District Council for providing additional support to us to help us make this a reality.”

Simon Wears, Football Development Manager Berks & Bucks FA said: “Building on the successes of last year’s pilot SSE Wildcats centres, Didcot Casuals FC have been successful in their application of providing local Wildcats sessions to girls 5-11. Building on their previous experience and success with their Mini Miss Kickers programme we have no doubt that  the sessions will go from strength to strength in offering high quality sustainable provisions offering a playing pathway into a very well established FA Charter Standard club such as Didcot Casuals FC. This is a great opportunity and environment for girls aged 5-11 to either have their first taste of football or to continue their journey into the game. Didcot Casuals FC have been very progressive in the development of girls football and the Wildcats sessions will aid this development in future years.”  

Hannah Wilson, Head Teacher of Aureus School said:Over the last 12 months we have built a very strong relationship with Didcot Casuals who we know share our core values of Diversity, Equality and Wellbeing.   We have already benefitted from Didcot Casuals’ determination to grow girls’ football through the provision of an after school football club for our girls and we look forward to continuing and expanding our partnership approach with the club for many years to come.  On that basis becoming a Wildcats centre and promoting football specifically and uniquely for girls, fits perfectly with our mission to ensure that individuals within our community may grow, learn and flourish.”



Notes to Editors:

About Didcot Casuals:

We are a Charter Standard football club, committed to providing amateur football opportunities for everyone (girls, boys, women and men) throughout Didcot and the surrounding area.


We are affiliated to the Berks & Bucks FA (2017-2018 REG. NO. T-B&B1496 [youth teams]). This season our junior and youth teams will be playing in the Oxford Mail Youth Football League and the Oxford Mail Girls Football League, and our newly formed Sunday men's side will be playing in the Upper Thames Valley Sunday League.


Specifically in relation to girls’ football, our long-term aim is to have girls teams in all the age groups, helping us to grow to be one of the biggest clubs in South Oxfordshire. 



About Aureus School:

Aureus is a brand new secondary school in Didcot, situated on the Great Western Park, next door to the UTC and behind ASDA - it is a 11-16 comprehensive school and the first mixed secondary in Didcot. Aureus opened in September 2018 with a cohort of Year 7s.


About SSE:

SSE plc is one of the UK’s leading energy companies, involved in the generation, distribution and supply of electricity and in the extraction, storage, distribution and supply of gas. Its core purpose is to provide the energy people need in a reliable and sustainable way. It supplies energy to around 8.08 million energy customers throughout Great Britain and Ireland, is frequently ranked number one for customer service and is the UK’s leading generator of electricity from renewable sources. It became a Living Wage employer in September 2013 and was accredited with the Fair Tax Mark in October 2014.




About The Gameplan for Growth:

The Gameplan for Growth details how The FA will double participation in the game by 2020, and create a sustainable and successful high performance system which will ensure England teams at every age group compete with distinction on the world stage.


About For All:

For All is the new brand purpose of The FA. For All champions the organisation’s provision and support of football for all people at all levels. The brand purpose will sit at the heart of The FA, internally and externally from a grassroots level right through to England’s 24 national teams.