WIDNES-BASED Pex Hill Junior Football Club is on the hunt for the next generation of female players after receiving a £4,500 Grow the Game grant.

The scheme, funded by The Football Association and delivered by the Football Foundation, will help the club create four new girls’ football teams and continue their Wildcats Girls Football Centre.

Grants of £1,500 are awarded Back of the net! Pex Hill JFC score FA extra funding boost to community football clubs that wish to create new teams, especially amongst under-represented groups.

Simon Boyd, Pex Hill JFC club secretary, said: “Since we started our Wildcats Girls Football Centre in November 2018, we’ve grown to over 60 girls and recently won the Liverpool County FA award for Wildcats Centre of the Year, 2019.

“We’re very grateful to the FA for this funding which means we can continue our girls’ programme, as this will help towards the cost of kits, equipment, training venues, coaching courses.

"We hope that girls will see a clear pathway from the Wildcats centre into playing for a team and eventually reach a point where we create as many new girls teams each season as we do boys”