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Celtic making advances in women's football

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Women's football in Scotland has advanced so much in the last five years and that is through the efforts of clubs making real efforts to try and get more young girls out and playing the beautiful game.
 
Celtic FC is one of those clubs and I managed to catch up with the club's new Girls Academy Operations Manager, Edward Gallagher, Edward talked to me about his position and role at the club.
 
"My job means that I oversee the management and delivery of the Girls Academy curriculum for our under 11s through to under 19s and manage the playing and coaching operations for the academy. I report to our Head of Women’s Football who oversees the whole Girls and Women’s department at Celtic.
 
"I joined Celtic FC in December 2016 having coached within the women’s game in the USA, Finland and Scotland. I originally joined Celtic as the Head Coach of their Senior Academy team who competed in the SWFL1 and finished our first season as league runners up and also runners up in the SWFL League Cup. I moved into my new role at the beginning of this year."
 
Gallagher then proceeded to tell me more about what exactly Celtic are doing to advance the women's game in the country.
 
"The club put in a lot of support for both the girls academy and women’s first team. We currently run academy teams at 11s, 12s, 13s, 15s, 19s and Senior Academy Team, which all feed into our Scottish Women’s Premier League side. The players receive high level coaching, have access to top level facilities and have physio support on offer every night of the week."
 
The Glasgow side have shown great interest in ensuring that young girls in the game can make serious improvements to their game and look to make a career out of their passion for the sport. Part of these improvements come in the form of more coaches running sessions for the academy.
 
"We have made a conscious effort to try and recruit some of the best coaches within girls football in Scotland. We’ve recruited coaches who come to our academy players with SWPL experience and boys pro youth academy experience. We have increased the amount of UEFA B and Scottish FA Advanced Children’s Licence holders within the academy and also have a further 3 coaches undertaking their UEFA B Licences starting this month. Increasing the quantity and quality of our coaching staff will result in a better learning experience for the players and increase the amount of individualised feedback available."
 
The club has even started special classes for young girls born between 2007-2011, classes which will be open to all girls whether they are attached to another club or not.
 
It is Gallagher's hope that these classes, "give young players a strong coaching foundation which isn’t always accessible to young players."
 
"The classes will be packed with Celtic games and activities. Some girls will come from boys football, so will have the chance to meet new friends and likeminded players. Secondly, the girls will get a great foundation in football and be taught a range of skills which will help set them on their way within their young footballing careers. The players will be able to pick up key skills which they can take away and use at their teams, whilst they will also get a flavour of what is done within our Girls Academy, should any players wish to move forward and join the Celtic FC Girls Academy squads."
 
The classes take place every Friday evening. Details of the classes are available below:
 
Glasgow Green
3G Astro
28 King's Dr, Glasgow G40 1HB
Registration: 5.45pm
6.00pm – 7.00pm – Ball Mastery & Celtic Turns
7.05pm – 8.00pm – Celtic Games
Cost: £4 per session (6-8pm). Please pay on the night and have correct change if possible.

If players could bring the following:
Active Clothing of their choice
Jacket/Water Proof
Hat/Gloves (If weather appropriate)
Football boots/trainers that are suitable for the astro
Shinguards
Water

Anyone wishing to register can email Edward Gallagher on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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