Rossvale FC plan to have a women’s team full of home-grown players, according to new Head of Football, Edward Gallagher.
Edward, a former operations manager at Celtic, feels that the new programme and academy set up will give young girls a clear pathway from youth football to the Rossvale women’s first team.
Rossvale FC is an all-inclusive football club established in 1976 based in the north of Glasgow. They currently provide footballing facilities and experienced coaching to over 500 boys and girls every week.
Their first all-girls academy team was established in 2009 and has continued to develop over 100 girls from under 7s to under 17s. This has provided the girls with a clear footballing programme from childhood through to adolescence.
Their all-girls academy is currently run by Michael Docherty and James Hill which has over 20 girls academy coaches developing the players across the whole week.
Despite the recent coronavirus pandemic, Rossvale have appointed a new girls and women’s committee, recruited a further ten coaches, developed a new media department and are committed to enter the SWF senior leagues in 2021 with their new Rossvale FC Women’s side.
In March 2020, Rossvale appointed Edward, who has over 10 years experience working in women’s football, including UEFA Women’s Champions League experience, to the position of Head of Women and Girls’ Football.
The new women’s first team will be launched on the foundations of an academy, which provides football for all and ensures that girls from the north of Glasgow can get involved in the sport.
The current pandemic has stagnated the women’s training and their development will be halted until the Scottish Women’s Football (SWF) confirm that the situations safe for full contact training.
The club will utilise the remainder of the year to recruit their next phase of players to their academy. The next recruitment will be prior to Rossvale’s launch of their new ‘Learn to Train, Learn to Play, Learn to Achieve’ academy in January 2021.
The new academy launch will continue to deliver the finest training available to young girls who share a passion for the sport. Players will be given a clear pathway to develop their skills through each age group and level.
The first stage, ‘Learn to train’, is aimed at under 7s and focuses on fun games and sessions which allow the players to socialise and become enthralled with the game. The girls will follow this pathway through to their ‘Learn to Achieve’ stage at under 17s, which begins the process of preparing players for the transition into the Rossvale FC Women’s first team.
Each player will receive individual feedback throughout the year, while additionally having opportunities to play in competitive games programmes and will have the opportunity to be coached by and meet the Rossvale FC Women’s first team players.
Teams run at under 7s, under 9s, under 11s, under 13s, under 15s, and under 17s, and Rossvale continue to welcome any young girls’ interested in football.