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Shoosmiths supports women's football in Scotland
National law firm Shoosmiths has entered a new partnership with the Scottish Football Association to support the girls’ and women’s game in Scotland.
The four-year deal – until the summer of 2023 – will see the firm help to develop a number of different aspects of the girls’ and women’s game in Scotland, including the recruitment of 200 female coaches and 20 new female referees.
It follows the women's team's first appearance at a FIFA Women’s World Cup, where they narrowly missed out on a place in the knockout stages.
Janette Speed, partner and head of Shoosmiths’ Edinburgh office commented: “It’s an honour to play a small part in inspiring girls and women to reach their true potential and realise their ambitions.
“This partnership underlines Shoosmiths’ commitment to diversity, social mobility and crucially, equality of opportunity.
“Drawing on our collective expertise and drive, we are really excited about helping girls and women to take part at every level and develop their talents on and off the pitch.”
Shelley Kerr, head coach of the Scotland Women’s national team, said: “The girls’ and women’s game is experiencing a period of unprecedented interest across the nation and Shoosmiths’ commitment to help continue this growth as an official partner is a timely boost.
“The World Cup was an amazing experience and one that we hope will inspire young Scottish girls to play football in the future.
“We also hope that the team’s success will inspire women to become involved in the sport in a number of other different roles apart from the playing side, such as coaching and refereeing.”
Ian Maxwell, SFA chief executive, added: “This partnership will not only help the women’s national team but also other areas, which help to perpetuate the growth of the game at all levels.”