Wanna know more about Soccer Cysters?
Scan these common FAQ’s for information and other links through our website.
What is Soccer Cysters?
Soccer Cysters is a non-profit community football club for women and people with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). It has been set up to build a community of Cysters who share similar concerns within a fun, friendly and low-pressure environment.
Is it a support group?
SC is somewhat like a support group – instead of meeting in a coffee shop or village hall, we meet on a football pitch and play some good old-fashioned footie for an hour. The idea being that through football we can build a supportive PCOS community and foster friendship whilst having fun.
What is PCOS?
PCOS is a common gynaecological condition that affects the endocrine system used to regulate hormones. It is estimated that 1 in 10 women have it worldwide and is a leading cause for infertility amongst women trying to conceive. Essentially PCOS is a hormone disrupting condition that causes a lack of periods and forms ovarian cysts and can often come with a whole host of other symptoms that negatively impact a person’s self-esteem and lifestyle.
- Hirsutism (excess body and facial hair)
- Premature hair loss
- Weight Gain (especially around the waist area)
- Mood Swings
- Amenorrhea (absence of periods or irregular periods)
- Ovarian Cysts
For more information and to learn more about PCOS please visit the NHS website.
Soccer Cysters is somewhat like a support group but instead of meeting in a coffee shop or village hall, we meet on a football pitch and play some good old-fashioned footie for an hour. The idea being that through football we can build a supportive community and foster friendship whilst having fun.
We chose football as our focus activity because it’s the most popular and well loved sport worldwide, we wanted something that was active and easy to access – with football all you need is a pitch and ball and your off.
Who can join?
Literally anyone over the age of 18 with PCOS. You can be formally diagnosed or be in the process of receiving a diagnosis but you must have PCOS to join.
We are 100% inclusive at Soccer Cysters; that means anyone with PCOS can attend female or not. PCOS can affect any gynaecological reproductive system and we want to make it clear that trans-men and people who don’t conform to gender norms who have PCOS are welcome. It is obvious that the majority of people attending Soccer Cysters will be women; it is also possible trans-men may not want to engage with a predominantly female football club but we want to if you have PCOS you are welcome.
I have PCOS but I have never played football, can I still join?
Of course you can! Anyone with a PCOS (either diagnosed or awaiting diagnosis) can access Soccer Cysters and join our weekly football clubs!
Do I need to be good at football?
Not at all, no previous football experience or skills are needed to take part.
How much is it to join?
Nowt mate! Soccer Cysters is 100% free to take part. We want to make Soccer Cysters as accessible as possible so being able to make SC a free club is very important to us.
How can I join?
Just find a session nearest you to and turn up.
Can I wear my own clothes?
Yes, we feel being able to wear our own clothes is important as you can wear whatever makes you comfortable and happy in. Whether you want to wear shorts, joggers or leggings – t-shirts, vests or jumpers the choice is yours.
When sessions are delivered on specialist Astro pitches we need to wear appropriate footwear for safety. We have a limited supply of football boots available to borrow for new members for their first few sessions. As you attend more sessions you may want to purchase your own pair so others have access to football boots when they start. Check here to see where your local sessions are and what type of pitch we use.
Do I need to turn up to every session?
No commitment required, if you have prior engagements or even if you just don’t feel like joining in on a certain session – no stress. SC is flexible and non committal.
Is Soccer Cysters on every week?
Where is my nearest club?
We are a brand new football club, our first SC will start in Sheffield on 3rd July 2021 – click here for more info.
How is SC funded?
We are currently 100% funded through direct donations, if you would like to donate please click here to our crowd funding page.
We aim to access grant funding so that we can expand our SC clubs to other cities around the UK.