Saturday, 29 December 2018 18:37


The SNP has welcomed figures that show the number of women across Scotland participating in basketball, football, hockey, aquatics, rugby, snow sports and tennis clubs has risen by 24% over the last four years.

Figures from the independent Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) reveal that 39% more women are playing in basketball clubs, 46% more in hockey clubs, 41% more in football clubs, 10% more in aquatics, 9% more in tennis clubs and 22% more women are playing rugby union since 2014/15.

Earlier this year, the First Minister announced funding for Scotland’s women’s national football team to allow them to train full-time ahead of the 2019 World Cup in France.

Welcoming the news, Deputy Convener of the Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee, Emma Harper MSP, said:

“I am delighted to see more women and girls getting involved in sport here in Scotland - the SNP’s additional support for SportScotland in this year’s draft budget will only help to encourage even more women to join a sports team.

“While funding for sport and facilities is vital in helping to get more women involved in sport, the SNP’s commitment to almost double the paid-for provision of childcare across Scotland by 2020 is just as important in helping to break down the barriers that prevent more women taking part in sport.

“It’s been fantastic to see the hard work of our women’s national football team pay off with their qualification to the World Cup in France next year. Additional funding from the Scottish Government will allow the squad to train full-time from January 2019 through to the tournament next summer, giving the team the best chance of success for the finals while strengthening the image women and girls’ football across the country.

“While there is still more to do to for female sport – I am delighted to see more and more women getting the opportunity to be part of our rich sporting culture in Scotland.”

Scottish Governing Body 2014-15 2017-18 % Change

Aquatics                          12,540    13,951        10
Basketball                        1,487      2,447         39
Football                          7,126      12,202         41
Hockey .                         3,300      6,156          46
Rugby Union                   3,664      4,741          22
Tennis                            22,516   24,987           9
Total                              50,633    66,635        24

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