THE SFP TRUST AND THE SCOTTISH SCHOOLS’ FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION CONTINUE PARTNERSHIP TO DEVELOP GIRLS’ SCHOOLS’ FOOTBALL
The SFP Trust have extended their support of girls’ schools’ football in Scotland for another season by sponsoring the Girls’ Under 15 and Senior Girls’ Shield competitions for another year.
Stuart McCaffrey Chief Operating Officer of the SFP Trust said:
“This is the fifth year we have supported grassroots football with the SSFA. We recognise the impact schools have in providing activity, particularly for girls, and in giving youngsters a chance to take their first steps into playing football in a safe environment. We have seen that this had led, for many of these girls, to representing the National Teams both at schools’ level and indeed the senior side. It is a really good pathway and we want to be involved in supporting as many young people as possible in having an opportunity to play football, particularly girls. The positivity around girls’ football is only going to be enhanced by more opportunities. We are keen to continue helping schools with the fantastic work they do.”
Alex McMenemy Treasurer of The Scottish Schools’ Football Association welcomed the continued support of the SFP Trust and commented:
“We are delighted to continue our relationship with The Scottish Football Partnership Trust who have been a major sponsor of Scottish Schools’ football for five years. Our Girls’ Shield competitions have been running for more that 20 years. Torry Academy won the first Girls’ Under 15 Shield in 1998 and Kirkland High School the first Girls’ Senior Shield in 1999. Mintlaw Academy have been the most successful school winning the Under 15 and Senior Shield at total of 8 times. That school included one of our current Women’s National Team, Kim Little, in their Shield winning teams. The numbers entering out Girls’ Shield competitions continue to grow. This season we will have 65 schools in the Under 15 Girls’ Shield, an increase of 7 over last season and 62 in the Girls’ Senior Shield and increase of 4 from last season. With the continued support from The Scottish Football Partnership Trust we can develop grassroots football for girls, give them the opportunity to play football with their classmates and support them in taking the first step of the pathway to playing football for many years to come.”