The growth of the girls’ and women’s game in Scotland has received a significant boost thanks to a new partnership between the Scottish FA and Shoosmiths.
The four-year deal will see one of the UK’s leading law firms help to develop a number of different aspects of the girls’ and women’s game in Scotland.
The deal – which will run until the summer of 2023 – will support the development of girls’ and women’s football as the Scottish FA looks to build on the momentum generated over the past few years.
As part of the partnership, Shoosmiths will support the recruitment of 200 female coaches and 20 new female referees.
Scotland Women’s National Team Head Coach Shelley Kerr welcomed the news at the official launch of the partnership.
“The girls’ and women’s game is experiencing a period of unprecedented interest across the nation and Shoosmiths’ commitment to help continue this growth as an official partner is a timely boost,” she said.
“The World Cup was an amazing experience and one that we hope will inspire young Scottish girls to play football in the future.
“We also hope that the team’s success will inspire women to become involved in the sport in a number of other different roles apart from the playing side, such as coaching and refereeing.”
Ian Maxwell, Scottish FA Chief Executive, said: “The progress Shelley and the team have made in recent years has been magnificent and we want them to continue their achievements and inspire the nation.
“This partnership will not only help the women’s national team but also other areas, which help to perpetuate the growth of the game at all levels.”
Janette Speed, partner and head of Shoosmiths’ Edinburgh office added: “It’s an honour to play a small part in inspiring girls and women to reach their true potential and realise their ambitions.
“Drawing on our collective expertise and drive, we are really excited about helping girls and women to take part at every level and develop their talents on and off the pitch.”