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The University of Portsmouth Community Football Club are looking for new players

The Football Association has provided funding for the University of Portsmouth Community Football Club to help develop more sport opportunities for females. We’re aiming to increase participation within football for girls aged 5 years and over. We have a number of sessions below for girls to get involved as well as sessions for boys.

Girls Football Drop-in Futsal Sessions (Wildcats)

Working in partnership with local schools and as a result of the FA funding we are now launching a ‘girls only’ drop-in futsal session on the 6 September within the University. Launching in Spinnaker Sports Centre, every Friday from the 6 September onwards between 5 and 6pm.

For: Girls aged 5 – 11
Date: Every Friday (Launch Date Friday 6 of September)
Time: 5 – 6pm
Location: Spinnaker Sports Centre, Cambridge Road, Portsmouth,PO1 2ER
Cost: First session FREE, then £3.50 per session

Website: sportportsmouth.co.uk/wildcats

What is Futsal?

Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced small-sided football game that originates from South America in the 1930s. It is widely played across the world and is the small-sided football format that is officially recognised by both UEFA and FIFA.

Futsal is also the largest growing indoor sport on the planet and has been played by some of the greatest ever football players: Pele, Maradona, Messi, Kaka, Xavi, Ronaldo, Robinho, Ronaldinho, and Fabregas.

Girls Football Drop-in Sessions (Wildcats)

For: Girls aged 5 – 11
Date: Every Saturday
Time: 9 – 10am
Location: Goals Soccer Centre, Tangier Road, Portsmouth, PO3 6QA
Cost: First session FREE, then £3.50 per session

Website: sportportsmouth.co.uk/wildcats

The drop-in Wildcats sessions are delivered by the University of Portsmouth in partnership with Soccer Scholar Academy. The coaches delivering the sessions are FA Qualified and hold DBS checks. No booking is required and your first session is free.

Since the sessions launched in February 2017, numbers have steadily built up to 20 regular attendees, with an average of 18 girls per session. Each season, we have a competitive team as part of this session, for girls only.

Spaces on the team are available, please enquire with the session leader. For more information, please contact Tim Lord-Hopkins (timothy.lord-
hopkins@port.ac.uk
/ 023 9284 5099).

Our Wildcats sessions provide opportunities for all girls to come along, have fun, learn how to play football and develop. The sessions are already running on Saturday mornings at Goals Soccer Centres, delivered in partnership with the Soccer Scholar Academy, it’s great to have a session at the University of Portsmouth. All sessions are delivered by FA qualified coaches who have been DBS checked.

Our Wildcats centre has recently been awarded Hampshire Wildcats Centre of the Year, which is great. This helps in our quest to help more females get active.

The Wildcats initiative can be a great way to start playing football, especially if your child has recently been inspired by the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The informal nature allows them to develop while having fun.

University of Portsmouth Community Football Club

In addition to these new sessions, the University of Portsmouth Community Football Club has a range of teams looking for new players. The club offers regular training and competitive playing opportunities for boys and girls within Portsmouth, aged 9-15. We are currently recruiting players for Under 10’s, Under 12’s and Under 15 girls’ teams.

For: Girls and Boys aged 9 – 14
Date: Training every Thursday / Match Day every Saturday (term-time only)
Time: Training 5.30 – 7pm / Match Day (various times Saturday morning)
Location: Langstone Sports Site, Furze Lane, Portsmouth, PO4 8LW
Cost: £25 Monthly Cost (includes weekly coaching and sports kit) – newcomers are welcome to try a few sessions before committing!

Website: sportportsmouth.co.uk/UOPCFC

Our community football club will provide participants with weekly competitive play and training opportunities. The coaches delivering the sessions are FA Qualified and hold DBS checks. Coaches also hold certificates in first aid. After trying the first couple of sessions, a monthly fee of £25 will apply to cover coaching costs and sports kit.

For more information please email Laura Grubb at Laura.Grubb@myport.ac.uk.

The University of Portsmouth Community Football Club has recently been awarded Charter Standard Club of the Year for the 2018/19 season and Hampshire Wildcats Centre of Year, which is a fantastic achievement in 1 season for the club. The coaching sessions delivered to the club provides valuable opportunities for university students to get involved in coaching and officiating. By delivering the sessions, students can learn new transferable skills and gain experience, increasing their employability.

To find out more or to get involved in any of the sessions check out our website, or contact Tim Lord-Hopkins, our Football Development Officer (Womens and Girls) through email timothy.lord-hopkins@port.ac.uk or give him a call on 023 9284 5099.

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