The Scottish Women’s cup trophy is being taken into schools as part of a conversation with pupils about inclusion and building bridges between communities.
The programme, run by anti-sectarian charity Nil By Mouth, uses football as a focus to talk about discrimination and how sport can be a force for good.
This morning pupils at Cairns Primary School and St Cadoc’s Primary School in South Lanarkshire were able to get close to the Biffa Scottish Women’s cup trophy alongside Scottish Women’s Football CEO Aileen Campbell.
Commenting, Aileen Campbell said: “I’m proud that Scottish Women’s Football is an inclusive game with no place for discrimination and sectarianism, so it is a pleasure to visit South Lanarkshire with the trophy with the biggest history in the women’s game.
“Women’s football has fantastic role models, is open to all, and creates a unique matchday experience, so I hope some of the youngsters will be inspired to come along to the Biffa Scottish Women’s Cup Final on the 29 May at Tynecastle and watch Glasgow City and Celtic compete for the trophy.”
Commenting, Nil by Mouth director Dave Scott said: “Our programme in schools this year is focused around how sport can bring people from different backgrounds together, so I’m delighted that Aileen could come along and talk about how Scottish Women’s Football sets a great example.
“Fostering a culture of tolerance and respect starts at the top, which is why it has been fantastic for pupils to be able to engage with referees, authors and now the CEO of Scottish Women’s Football as part of this programme.”