Brechin High School was visited by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill MSP, last week, when he witnessed first-hand the essential role that Cashback for Communities plays in advancing women’s and girls’ football in Scotland.
The Cabinet Secretary joined the women’s national coach, Anna Signeul, and Sheila Begbie, head of girls’ and women’s football, as 70 S1 and S2 pupils were put through their paces in front of the six new Scottish FA Girls’/Women’s Football Development Officers - made possible thanks to support from Cashback for Communities
These officers will be responsible for increasing the number of registered players in the game by 1500 players per year and help to develop girls and women’s football in Scotland.
Previous investment through CashBack has supported the Scottish FA to work with the Elite women’s clubs (Premier League) to increase the amount of training from twice per week to four or five times per week and, in some cases, 10 times per week.
Commenting, Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said: “Women’s football is going from strength to strength in Scotland.
“The recent successes and achievements in the game have been outstanding. With ever increasing numbers of girls taking up football, the appointment of six new club development officers will attract more registered players to the game, giving them the opportunity to participate in our favourite sport for longer.
“This has been made possible thanks to Scottish Government CashBack for Communities funding, a programme that makes crime pay by seizing crooks cash and investing it in the young people of Scotland through an ever growing series of sports and cultural diversionary and personal development activities.”