Scotland women’s head coach Shelley Kerr hopes her young players can continue to “inspire” the next generation of footballers, as she gears up her side for the women’s World Cup.
The women's national side will make their first ever World cup appearance in June, with a match against England. Kerr has been impressed with how her young stars have dealt with their names in the spotlight.
“I think they’ve coped really well, certainly as a group they have matured massively. The only way you become mature in sports is by facing many different challenges, and they have certainly faced some challenges in the past campaign.
“They have developed really well. Some of the young players have been involved in the recent Euro’s competition, which is a bit of experience heading to the World Cup. There’s still a lot of work to be done in the next 5 months though, in the process to our preparation for the World Cup. “
The preparation for the tournament in June begins this month, with the women’s side jetting off to La Manga, Spain, where they will play Norway and Iceland. With many key stars missing from action due to injury and club commitments, Kerr believes her young players can still be successful, without the presence of experienced performers in the dressing room.
“Our group of players are playing at the highest levels for their clubs, playing against and playing with some really experienced players. That’s all part of maturing as an athlete and a part in top sport. The better the opponent you play, the better the players you play with, it equips you more to perform.”
Kerr is now hoping that the success Scotland’s women’s team have had can help leave a lasting impact on young footballers in Scotland.
“That was part of the plan, to inspire the next generation. If you can get more girls playing football it’s fantastic, and it’s deemed as a success. We need to have a legacy aspect, there’s two strands to this qualification, in terms of qualifying for the Euro’s and the World Cup.
“We want to perform and have a bit success at these competitions, but there is the legacy part, so it’s also about growing the game. We need to make sure we not only inspire the next generation of young girls, but the whole population. It’s boys, women, girls, men. We want to inspire everyone.”