Winners announced in £1,000 ScottishPower funding competition for Highlands and Islands Women’s and Girls’ football teams

 Caithness WFC, Buckie Ladies, Brora Rangers and Shetland Girls have each been awarded £1,000 in a ScottishPower funding competition dedicated to providing essential support for women & girls football clubs.

Launched specifically for clubs across the Highlands & Islands, as part of ScottishPower becoming the first ever title sponsor for SWF’s Highlands and Islands league, the competition is the latest initiative in the landmark three-year partnership deal, dedicated to energising women’s football at every age and stage across the country.

Four separate prizes of £1,000 were up for grabs, and the four winners stood out for having clear deliverable plans to use the cash to open up further opportunities for women and girls across the Highlands and Islands.

Caithness will upgrade their facilities to include a VEO camera setup to help attract and develop players, Buckie Ladies are upgrading their toilet facilities to benefit the women and girls at their own club and visitors, Brora Rangers will purchase much-needed equipment for their youth team and Shetland Girls will use their funding to address the unique challenges the club faces when it comes to travelling to games on the mainland.

Throughout the partnership, ScottishPower is working closely with SWF in supporting the women’s game for both this and future generations by driving equality and diversity all the way from grassroots to elite.

Commenting, Aileen Campbell, CEO, Scottish Women’s Football said: “Congratulations to the four clubs on their funding award. We know that all clubs face huge challenges when it comes to travel and logistics. Indeed, the entries from all clubs showed the unique challenges they face across the Highlands and Islands and the aspirations they have to overcome them. The competition wasn’t easy to judge but it was clear these four applications showed particular deliverable plans that make them worthy winners, and we’re looking forward to seeing the impact that this additional funding can have for each club.

“As we mark the first anniversary of our partnership, together with ScottishPower we’re committed to energising women’s and girls’ football at every level across Scotland”.

Julie Keough, Brand Director at ScottishPower said: “Being able to support these four winners with their unique challenges through our competition is an honour and we have no doubts we will see great things from them in the future.

“We were so impressed by the calibre of entries to our competition, many of whom have incredible ideas about how they can bolster women’s and girls’ football in their area. It’s been wonderful to see the enthusiasm the teams and their supporters have and shows, once again, how important it is to provide support and funding to women’s football teams of all levels – something we are very proud to be playing a part in.”

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