On Women’s and Girls in Sport week, Hamilton Academical Women’s and Girls Football Club are delighted to announce the new “Accies Hub” after discussions with Hamilton Academical Football Club and South Lanarkshire Leisure & Culture.

Following these discussions, we are pleased to confirm that both our Academy (Under 9s, 11s and 13s) and our Performance (15s, 19s, 23s and SWPL 1st Team) will have a dedicated 3 hour slot at the Hamilton Palace Sports Grounds on a Thursday night. We are extremely grateful to South Lanarkshire Leisure & Culture who have backed the development of one of Scotland’s biggest Women’s and Girls Football Club as well as promoting the ever growing female football population in the area.

Hamilton Academical FC will continue to provide one of the finest venues in Scottish Women’s Football for our 1st Team matches and help facilitate training after incredibly positive meetings with Allan Maitland (Hamilton Academical FC Chair), George Cairns (Hamilton Academical FC Head of Youth and Community) and Marcus Nash (Hamilton Academical Fc Media Management). We are pleased that our already excellent partnership continues to evolve and we are extremely excited in the ongoing progress and development.

Commenting on this historic development, Accies Manager Gary Doctor said:

“This is a very important development for our Club and allows us to have every age group and coach at a fantastic venue once per week.

“This not only means coaches can have closer ties but allows players to continue to train in a professional environment and develop from our Academy all the way to our 1st Team.

“It is important every team gets the correct pitch space but it means we can also access other facilities on the site for things like video analysis and strength and conditioning training. Make no mistake, we want to grow and nurture the talent we have all the way to the top of the Club by giving opportunity and quality coaching.

“We are very passionate about this. We have had incredible success and this means we can invest even more in our players and coaches to give them the best possible chance to succeed for Hamilton in years to come.

“We would like to extend our thanks to South Lanarkshire Leisure & Culture and of course Allan, George and all the staff at Hamilton Academical FC who continue to support us with an incredible venue for our 1st Team and 19’s”.

Commenting on the move, Academy Manager Lynsey Hogg said:

“This is a really important development for the Club and is a big investment in our players, coaches and infrastructure. It is a really exciting time to be a part of the Club and shows that we are a viable option for players to development and succeed.

“We have a with a proven track record of producing top players and it is our mission to continue that.”

Christina McKelvie, MSP for Hamilton was also in attendance and said:

“Having the chance to meet the different Hamilton Academical Women and Girls teams at their training sessions was a really heartening experience. Thanks to talented athletes like those training on the night women’s sport has never been more prominent!”

“There is no better time for women and girls to get involved in sport.

“I have no doubt those getting involved will build on the tremendous success of those like the Scottish Women’s Football team. Who knows, we may even see some of them holding the trophy before it comes home to Scotland!”

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Ian is the Accies WFC official Photographer as well as one of the founding members of the club.