Live Active Leisure has teamed up with the Gannochy Trust and the Scottish Football Association East Region to create a new initiative aimed at getting women into football – and here at Small City we think it’s fantastic news!
The ‘Inspiring Girls Through Football’ programme is looking to attract girls aged 16-24 for one-year of work experience and mentoring across a variety of different football-related roles. The aim is to provide those keen to get into the sport with valuable experience which could ultimately improve their chances of gaining full-time employment within sport – a superb opportunity!
Having secured funding from the Gannochy Trust, Live Active Leisure will work with the Scottish Football Association on the initiative and those interested have until this Friday 12th May to complete an application.
Logan McConnachie, Live Active’s sports development officer, is leading the initiative and is hoping as many females from Perthshire get involved as possible.
“We’ve had a decent response so far but we are hopeful that there will be more applications in before Friday’s deadline – the whole scheme kicks off with the welcome night on 14th June and I can’t wait!
There’s a huge demand for football so that’s why we’ve decided to lead with that and we want to develop a great relationship between Live Active and the SFA. It’s brilliant to have them on board and having their name on the initiative makes a big difference.
Although the initiative specifically focuses on football, we welcome anybody who just wants to gain experience in sport. It will look great on any CV even if you are more interested in other sports and it can help lead to full-time employment in the future!”
The programme is backed by Perth’s local community clubs and also by some high profile female footballers, including Scotland international Lana Clelland – read our sports feature on the forward here - and she wants people to get involved to help the next generation of players come through.
“Initiatives like Live Active’s ‘Inspiring Girls Through Football’ are very welcome because we want to get more women into the sport. We have some incredibly talented girls in this country and programmes like this can only help to bring through the next generation and also increase the profile of the woman’s game. The initiative has my full support and I’d encourage anyone with an interest in football or sport to get involved!”
The format of the programme is still to be confirmed and will be based on the successful applicants and the roles they have an interest in. The roles that can be applied for are coaching, administration, sports science and football media and marketing. Logan is hoping to see applicants with a variety of interests and says the programme will be tailored to suit each individual.
“We’re looking to make it focused on each girl and what their interest is – whether it’s coaching, sports science or something else. We will be making it as bespoke as possible so until we have confirmed our successful applicants then I can't give an exact indication of what will be involved.
What I do know is that there will be shadowing involved and the girls will work with some of the community clubs. They will learn from someone with experience who is currently working in the applicant’s desired role. We also plan to host Q&A’s with successful sports people and have trips away to visit and learn from a host of different organisations.”