Local MP Jo Swinson dropped in to a Rossvale FC practice recently to learn more about the Girls team and their progress since their 2010 launch
A big supporter of women and girls in sport, Jo was keen to meet with the Rossvale FC Girls’ players and coaches. She dropped in to watch the girls go through their drills and practice plans on a chilly Saturday morning.
Launched by Ian Grey in 2010 there was a bit of a struggle to attract players in the beginning but thanks to hard work they now have a decent number in the girls’ squad. Players from across East Dunbartonshire are welcome to join. For information on how to sign up you can get in touch through the Club website atwww.rossvale.com or call Lynsey Grey at 07858 027196.
Commenting Jo said:
“Making sure girls and women play sports and participate in outdoor activities is important. I’ll soon be meeting with the BBC to discuss the lack of women on the 2011 BBC Sports Personality of the Year shortlist. The absence of female athletes in a high-profile award like this certainly doesn’t help get our young girls out onto the local football pitch! Thankfully we have people like Ian Grey and others at Rossvale working hard to combat the lack of girls and women in sport, and I’d encourage local girls to get in touch with Rossvale to give football a try.”
Commenting Ian Grey from Rossvale Football Club said:
“At Rossvale when we take on a project we give it everything, and for the many successes we have had, it has meant a lot of hard work, however to date the Girls Academy is proving to be the hardest. This is due to a number of things such as it still not being seen as acceptable young girls playing football, however with the support of Jo, we feel this will be achievable in the near future.”