City six in Academy scholarship
Six Glasgow City players are part of a new generation of Scotland’s talented young female footballers who have been offered scholarships at Stirling University as part of the Winning Students network, an initiative which aims to put Scotland’s sporting talent on the world stage.
The exciting development is the establishment by the Scottish FA of a national women’s football academy based at the University of Stirling, which is Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence.
City First team player Jane Ross, is joined by reserve team stars Lee Alexander, Lisa Evans, Lauren McMurchie, Emma Mitchell and Eilish McSorley among the 12 selected first recruits to the academy. The players will take up their scholarships in the autumn and combine higher or further education with football at the national academy.
Launching the football academy, Gordon Smith, Chief Executive of the Scottish FA, said: “The creation of a national women’s football academy is an extremely exciting and bold venture for Scotland. The facilities and staff at Stirling are outstanding and will help to take our national team to a higher level by providing the best possible coaching and sports science professionals. This will be an environment that will bring out the best in everyone.
“Women's football is the fastest growing sport in the UK and the academy will be at the forefront of continuing this new and exciting era for our players and staff in Scotland. The Scottish FA will reap the benefits of this venture for years to come."
City's Lisa Evans (second left) launches the new academy scholarship with National Team Boss Anna Signeul, Celtic player and fellow scholarship winner Christie Murray and the SFA Chief Executive Gordon Smith