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There was a lot of activity on the village green at Carstairs on Tuesday 21st August to acknowledge that it is the home of women’s football for the whole of Europe!

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90 years ago in carstairs is the first documented account of women playing the game and 390 years later women continue to play, watch and love the beautiful game.

 

Football legend Rose Riley visited carstairs so too did reps from SWF, including Vivienne McLaren who heads it, and Scotland’s football museum.

 

As Clydesdale’s MSP, I am thrilled that Carstairs in my constituency is the location of the first recorded Women’s football game in Europe. It is therefore fitting to be welcoming the game ‘home’ as we promote Women’s football and encourage Women and Girls to take up sport.

As a football fan, I am delighted to see Women’s football continue to grow and develop. This is a sport which has an illustrious and very local history, and I congratulate everyone who has helped bring this commemoration together.

 

Vivienne MacLaren, Chairperson of Scottish Women’s Football said: Scotland has a proud history within the women’s game and we are delighted to acknowledge that women’s football has been present in Scotland for 390 years, far longer than most people would imagine. As custodians of women’s football in Scotland we also welcome the launch of the first seminar to be held to share ideas and develop the game in Scotland.

 

Robert Craig, Chair of the Scottish Football Museum said: Scotland is well-known and respected for its long and pioneering history in the world of men’s football. But perhaps less well known is the rich and longstanding history of women’s football in Scotland. Women’s football is often regarded as a relatively new sport, so we are delighted to highlight this written evidence tracing its roots back to the seventeenth century.

 

Karen Grunwell, Phd Graduate, Stirling University said: It is fitting to announce the launch of the inaugural seminar on women’s football in Scotland on the anniversary on the first-known record of women playing the game. The seminar on March 8 will explore the rich history of women’s football and the bright future of the game here in Scotland.

 

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