ILMINSTER Town Football Club has been chosen to host one of the Somerset FA's new 'Wildcat Centres' for young female footballers.

A total of 18 new SSE Wildcat Centres will join the existing 11 centres in the county, with the objective being to provide a fun football environment for girls aged between five and 11 years old.

Ilminster Town Ladies players Maisie Parker said: "We were really excited when we first heard [about the new centre].

"It means we can get more girls into football, and for me as a player I can get more involved in the club."

Parker will take charge in a 'head coach' role, supported by club captain Sarah Miller, club welfare officer Hannah McGown and Ladies team manager Craig Stuckey, plus other qualified coaches and volunteers.

There will be a launch event at the Archie Gooch Pavilion on Saturday, April 20 (10am-noon), and the playing sessions will start on Saturday mornings (10-11am) from April 27.

The first session will be free to attend, so girls can get a taste of what to expect, and then cost £2 per player per session after that.

Parker added: "We want loads of girls to come along and be introduced to football, because it's not just for boys.

"They can stay active, have fun and make friends too."

For more details, check out the 'Ilminster Town FC SSE Wildcats Centre' Facebook page, @WildcatsSse on Twitter, or email