International Women’s Day …. wake up Scottish Football by Steve McGregor

Date: 7th March 2016

International Women’s Day …. wake up Scottish Football by Steve McGregor

The 8th of March is being celebrated around the world as International Women’s Day. Interestingly enough it falls just a few days after Mothers Day where all the Mums of the world were celebrated. So how is the day being marked and what I hear you day has it got to do with Scottish Fitba?

Around the world events are being held to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. Yet let’s also be aware progress has slowed in many places across the world and in some places such as Scottish Football it has never been an issue – why because as in so many ways the blazers have ignored half the population for far too long. Not only have we now talented athletic female football players in our country with a record high world ranking, but we have a huge talent pool for female fans that have been ignored in the Boardroom as well as on the Terrances.

Across the globe action is needed to accelerate gender parity a fact that has been recognised closer to home here at Holyrood and further afield as leaders across the world are pledging to take action as champions of gender parity. There is no doubt that the female and family audience has been rising for many years yet no effort has ever been made to try to develop this as a positive outcome for Scottish football. If anybody has any doubts as to just what females in our game can offer I beg you to go to a Scotland Ladies International match and see how the game is progressing. Off the field you need looking no further than the Queen of Gorgie Ann Budge. Her enthusiasm, knowledge and business acumen in second to none and her love for the Jambos needs no examination. This lady put her money where her mouth was and has revolutionised her club working with the Foundation of Hearts and the wider community. Now wouldn’t it be great to get others like Ann involved in our game so we can take advantage of that female talent. Well when she tried to get into some of the committees at Hampden Park she got nowhere which is astonishing given what she has been doing for Hearts, the Blazers voted for some other blokes. It is time that football clubs woke up to the fact that the world has moved on a talent like Ann should be encouraged in rather than being pushed out.

How many other club Chairmen would have told Wonga to stuff their cash and sought a partnership with Save the Children. I don’t support Hearts but by God was I proud of what she did in that one action as for the first time in years it gave the game in Scotland a level of integrity that it has so long been lacking. So here is to you ladies on your special day and if you want to join us here at the SFSA try to change things then please get in touch as you are pushing on an open door!

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