As a parent you can only do so much when it comes to encouraging your child to take part or excel at sport. You can do the research to find the class or the club. You can take them to practice sessions, to matches or races. You can watch, shout and cheer. You can pick them up when it all goes wrong, you can help their confidence soar when things go well. Sport gives children a chance to discover and develop new skills, to build and grow their confidence. Along the way they’ll make friends, maybe ones that they will keep forever.
There is so much you can do as a parent to encourage your child in their chosen sport. But, you can’t do everything. For most parents it’s difficult to provide the sort of inspiration that a sporting hero can provide. I know I’ve found that. I was a good all-rounder at school: I could get into most of the school teams because I had reasonable skills and I just enjoyed playing. I was never the star of a team, never the one that stood out. It’s difficult to provide inspiration to your children as most of us parents weren’t top class sportsmen or women.
SSE have a real commitment to being the energy behind women’s football. They provide chances to play for girls who have never kicked a ball before; all through grass-roots levels to the elite sportswomen who provide the inspiration for those young girls just starting out in the game. Football really wasn’t a very obvious option for girls when I grew up and I didn’t play until I went to university. I really loved playing football when I did start and I do think I could have been a better player if the opportunities and the inspiration had been there. It’s great to see SSE finding ways to really make a difference by encouraging girls to take part in the sport; to watch it (at the SSE Women’s FA Cup Final there’s a ‘kids go free’ ticket offer); and to progress to the every highest levels. Find out more about how SSE are the energy behind women’s football in this video where we follow three stories on the day of a football match at Wembley.
The recent launch of SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Clubs will provide girls aged 5-11 with regular opportunities to play football and take part in organised sessions in a fun and engaging environment created exclusively for girls. SSE continue to show their commitment to increasing participation in the women’s game through this new initiative. The clubs will run from spring through summer on a weekly basis and aim to provide a fun and safe space for girls to learn the game and make friends.
Thanks to SSE we have 5 tickets to see the 2017 SSE Women’s FA Cup Final at Wembley on Saturday, you can enter on Facebook. I will be making contact with the winners on Friday and you will have a few hours to get back to me before I need to redraw the prize. This is because of the short timescales.
Disclosure: This post is in collaboration with SSE.