Glasgow’s Girls secondary school football league has now grown to become bigger than the boys league. Secondary schools across Glasgow meet at the Toryglen football centre to participate in the Girls League every second Tuesday.
This year has seen a fantastic rise in female participation with 25 teams taking part in the league. Almost 200 girls are now playing regular organised football.
Kirsty Turner, Teacher at Eastbank Academy said: “The programme as always has a positive effect on the pupils, the girls really enjoy the opportunity to take part and always look forward to the next lot of games.”
In order for this to be a success the league is dependent on the support of partners at City of Glasgow College with students volunteering with Glasgow Sport Football coach Stuart Hastie. Every week one intern and six students are present to coordinate the games, keeping scores and refereeing matches.
In recent weeks the volunteers have been supplemented by the introduction and enthusiasm of four newly appointed Commonwealth Apprentices that are working within Football Development.
Scottish Football Association (SFA) Girls and Women’s Club Development Officer, Corrie Campbell commented on the league explained: “It’s exciting to see such a great turn out at the girls’ secondary programme and it’s very encouraging to see school staff and volunteers giving their time to ensure the leagues are a great success.
“We are looking to encourage girls to play football on a regular basis; this is a great programme to boost participation.”
In total seven secondary schools across Glasgow participate in the league. Bannerman High, Bellahouston Academy, Castlemilk High, Drumpchapel High, Eastbank Academy, Glasgow Gaelic School and Hillpark Secondary all take part.