Sport Graduates Share Insight with Students and Staff

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Graduates from the Sport programme at University of the West of Scotland (UWS) returned recently to Lanarkshire Campus to deliver a talk to students and staff about their careers and reflections on women and girls’ participation in football.

As part of the Sport Professional in Practice Lunchtime seminar series for 2022, alumni Amy McDonald and David Baird spoke about the challenges in the women’s and girls’ game at UWS Lanarkshire Campus on Friday 4 November.

Amy McDonald graduated from the Paisley Campus in 2006 with a BSc in Sport and is a Scottish football coach and former player for the Scotland national team as well as Hamilton Athletic, Kilmarnock, Queen’s Park, Celtic and Glasgow City in the Scottish Women’s Premier League.

After working in youth development at Glasgow City, in May 2017 Amy became the head coach of Rangers Women, moving to a role as overall manager of the women’s section of the club in 2019.

David Baird studied on the BSc Sport Coaching programme at the Lanarkshire Campus graduating in 2011. Following his graduation David spent time in the United States and United Arab Emirates before returning to Scotland as an academy coach at Hibernian FC and Hearts FC before joining the Scottish Football Association (SFA) as Girls’ and Women’s Club Development Officer in 2019.

Hosted by UWS staff Dr Hayley McEwan and Raleigh Gowrie, the guests spoke about their careers in women’s football development; current & future opportunities in the field; barriers to developing girls’ and women’s involvement in sport and strategies to overcome these.

The next lunchtime seminar in the series will take place on Friday 18 November at the Lanarkshire Campus with David Fallon, Head of Development at Scottish Athletics and graduate from the BA Sport Development programme in 2013.

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