The growth of girls’ and women’s football in Scotland has received a significant boost thanks to a new partnership between the Scottish FA and Shoosmiths.
The four-year deal will see the firm help to develop a number of different aspects of the girls’ and women’s game in Scotland.
It comes in the wake of the country’s historic first appearance at a FIFA Women’s World Cup, where they narrowly missed out on a place in the knockout stages.
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 at Shoosmiths’ offices in Edinburgh.
“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.
Ian Maxwell, Scottish FA chief executive, said: “Shoosmiths becomes the latest organisation to commit itself to developing the girls’ and women’s games across the country, which is testament to the good work which has already been conducted.
“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.”
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.
“This partnership underlines Shoosmiths’ commitment to diversity, social mobility and crucially, equality of opportunity.”
Source: Scottish Legal