The Scottish FA has officially announced that SSE will be the title sponsor for the new Scottish FA Girls' Soccer Centres that were launched in April 2017.
The Soccer Centres were launched last year in order to help young girls aged between 5-12 years old fall in love with the beautiful game. There were 39 centres opened up across the country by the end of 2017.
With this new sponsorship the Scottish FA will aim to have over 1000 girls enrolled cross more than 50 soccer centres by the end of 2018.
The Soccer Centres are run in partnership with local authorities, leisure trusts, schools and community clubs to deliver weekly active sessions for girls and help to create a gateway for them to the club game.
SSE announced their sponsorship of the Soccer Centres at a launch event at the SSE Hydro on Monday, attended by SWNT players Lee Alexander, Claire Emslie and Head Coach Shelley Kerr.
Colin Banks, Head of SSE Sponsorship said, “SSE are proud to support the Scottish FA Girls’ Soccer Centres – together we can make a difference in inspiring young girls to play football, in a safe, inclusive and engaging environment.
“SSE is driven to nurture and develop talent on and off the field, and we firmly believe that everyone deserves the same opportunity regardless of gender.
“That’s why we’re continually exploring new ways to make girls’ and women’s football more accessible to play and support.”
Donald Gillies, Head of Girls’ and Women’s Football at the Scottish FA said, “We are delighted to welcome SSE on board as title sponsor of our Girls’ Soccer Centres and are extremely grateful to them for their investment in growing the girls’ game in Scotland.
“Since the Girls’ Soccer Centres launched last year we have seen a tremendous uptake from young girls, no doubt sparked by the success of our Women’s National Team and through the excellent work by local partners.
“The Soccer Centres are designed to make the game attractive to as wide an audience of young girls as possible and offer a gateway into the game for many girls who may otherwise have no outlet for their interest in football.
“SSE share our passion for growing the girls’ and women’s game and are the perfect partner for the programme as we look to inspire a new generation of female players to fall in love with the game.”