Application window for Weetabix Wildcats Programme is now officially open
The new application window for the Weetabix Wildcats Programme is now officially open!
The Weetabix Wildcats Programme was introduced to address the findings that only 3% of all mini soccer teams cater exclusively for girls and as such only 41% of girls (compared to 95% of boys) under the age of 10 regularly play football.
Therefore, we want to create a sustainable Weetabix Wildcats network where girls can regularly attend fun and engaging sessions.
What is Weetabix Wildcats?
Weetabix Wildcats is an offer for every girl age 5-11, regardless of ability, disability, impairment or health condition, to try football for the first time in a fun, safe environment.
Sessions take place on a weekly basis, either evenings or at weekends, and are focused on helping girls make friends, have fun and be active through football.
All sessions are delivered by FA qualified coaches, providing a safe place for girls to try football for the first time and develop key skills.
Why should I become a Weetabix Wildcats provider?
Weetabix Wildcats is a great opportunity to welcome new girls into the game, and we want to retain and grow these opportunities as much as possible! Wildcats provides clubs, schools, and organisations with the correct support to start girls’ football at a younger age group, providing specific training to centre staff, on-going support, branded equipment and funding to get you started.
Who can apply?
Applications are welcomed from any organisation that meets the Weetabix Wildcats criteria. Organisations that have previously delivered Weetabix Wildcats can apply to run additional programmes. In doing so they must continue running the original session they have set up.
The criteria can be found on Page 13 of the guidance document at the bottom of the page.
Is there any funding available?
Only new Wildcats providers will receive a start up grant of £900 which will be distributed in the following format;
Year 1 - £600
Year 2 - £300
The funding is for you to be creative with your delivery, however it must be invested into your Weetabix Wildcats sessions. Some ideas of how you can utilise the funding are:
- Additional kit & equipment
- Facility costs
- Coaching costs
- Upskilling and recruiting coaches
- Rewards & prizes
How can I apply to be a Weetabix Wildcats provider?
If you’re interested in becoming a Weetabix Wildcats provider, please contact Harley Collyer at Harley.Collyer@Northamptonshirefa.com before applying.
To submit an application, please visit: www.faevents.thefa.com
The application window is open from the 16th January 2023 to 28th February 2023.