Scottish Women’s Football Wrap

Some big news in the Scottish Women’s Premier Leagues over the past two days with the October player of the month awards announced and a major title sponsor for the competition unveiled 17/11/21.

Above: Rangers’ Rachel McLauchlan with the SWPL 1 Player of the Month Trophy. Photo: Rangers FC/Kirk O’Rourke.

SWPL Player of the Month Winners Announced:

Rachel McLauchlan of Rangers has been voted as the winner of the SWPL 1 Player of the Month for October 2021 while Cara Henderson of Glasgow Women is the winner of the SWPL 2 award.

Both players received the highest number of public votes as well as securing the most votes from the Head Coaches within both divisions.

In the month of October, Rangers won three out of four games in the league including a 1-0 away victory over title chasers Hibernian. They also came away with a 1-1 draw against reigning champions Glasgow City, a result that kept them undefeated and top of the table.

In her role as full-back, McLauchlan played a vital part in Rangers’ attacking threat. She provided four assists in October and created a total of nine chances in their four games. This included a dominant performance against Aberdeen where she provided three assists, 12 crosses, and three shots on target.

Speaking from the Rangers Training Centre, McLauchlan said: “I’m delighted to win this. Winning individual awards is always nice but the key thing for me in October was the results as a team. We had some really important games and we’ve come away winning three out of four and undefeated.

“I feel like I’m contributing to the team really well at the moment. We’ve only conceded three goals in the league and I’ve got seven assists already. We’re in a really great place as a team so want to keep that momentum going for the remainder of 2021 and into 2022.”

Above: Glasgow Women’s Cara Henderson with her SWPL 2 Player of the Month Trophy. Photo supplied to Impetus by: Scottish Women’s Football.

In SWPL 2 Glasgow Women’s Cara Henderson was voted as Player of the Month as her side won all three of their games in October.

The midfielder played a key role for her side, scoring in their victories over Queen’s Park and Stirling University and also troubling Boroughmuir Thistle in their 3-2 away win.

Speaking from Glasgow Women’s home at Budhill Park, Henderson said: “I’m really pleased to have won this award, especially over such tough competition. I was delighted just to be nominated but this is extra special.

“It’s amazing to be playing a part in the teams’ success. I think a lot of people underestimated us coming into the new season but we’re top of the league for a reason. We want to stay there. If we can maintain our current form, there’s no reason why we can’t.

Also nominated for the SWPL 1 award was Leanne Crichton (Motherwell) and Lauren Davidson (Glasgow City) while Lisa Swanson (Kilmarnock) and Rebecca Robertson (Stirling University) were nominated for the SWPL 2 award.

SWPL Title Sponsors Announced:

Above: Scottish Women’s Football CEO Aileen Campbell with a representative from each of the SWPL 1 teams at the unveiling of Park’s Motor Group as the title sponsors of the two SWPL leagues. Photo: Colin Poultney/Collarge Images

Park’s Motor Group have been confirmed as the sponsor of the Scottish Women’s Premier League (SWPL) for the 2021/22 season as part of an exciting new commercial agreement for the league.

The deal ensures the continuation of a headline sponsor for the top women’s league in Scotland.

Scottish Women’s Football’s (SWF) Chief Executive Officer, Aileen Campbell, said: “This is a positive development for the girls’ and women’s game. Since my arrival as CEO, I know how important commercial income is to ensure we continue to grow the game and this deal is another step forward.

“This deal is a further sign that the game here in Scotland is deserving of recognition and investment. This will be the fifth continuous season that the SWPL has had a title sponsor. I want to thank all those involved in our game for helping make that possible and for continuing to help us grow and develop the sport we all love.”

Park’s Motor Group’s Marketing Director, Graeme Park, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the women’s game at this exciting time. Park’s has a rich history within the men’s game, with our coaches being used by many teams across the years as well as providing sponsorship and support to many clubs.  We’re excited to be extending our involvement in Scottish football and helping to further grow the national game.”

SWF Chair, Vivienne MacLaren, added: “This is a historic moment for SWF, the SWPL, and the entire game. To have a brand such as Park’s Motor Group show their support to girls’ and women’s football in Scotland is a sign of the work that has been done and the progress we plan to make.

“The COVID pandemic was difficult for everyone and I’m sure many had concerns about the momentum of the game. However, today’s deal showcases that the Scottish game is more attractive to commercial sponsors and partners than ever before.”

Artwork provided to Impetus by: Scottish Women’s Football

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