On Sunday the 14th of April Glasgow Girls F.C officially opened their new changing facility at Budhill Park. The day itself marked the end of an 21 month journey for the club which in Augusts of 2011 decided that it wanted to establish its very own home ground. Club Chairperson Jim Strathdee identified Budhill Park in Glasgow’s East End as the perfect fit as it had been left unused for almost 5 years. As the Park had no provision for changing the club approached The Scottish Football Partnership to ask for their assistance. The SFP were immediately impressed with the club, given that in its short existence (2008) it was already running girls teams at U9’s (x2), U11’s (x2), U13’s, U15’s, U’17’s , 2x Adult teams and it had already attained the Scottish FA’s prestigious Community Level Quality Mark. Glasgow Girls F.C were awarded two custom made changing containers and one storage container by The Football Partnership thus providing an instant solution to their changing issues at Budhill. Jim Strathdee said “we have transformed a football park which was lying idle in the East End of the City into a real footballing hub. Non of this would have been possible without the patience and support of The Scottish Football Partnership. The Girls now have a place to call ‘home’ and were are able to use the park for matches and training 5 days per week. The new facility has already brought about growth to our club and as of next season a new boys section (The Budhill Academy of football) consisting of 4 teams from U8’s to U11’s will be joining us. We have ambitions to achieve Legacy Level Quality Mark one day and having our own base will help us to get there”
Councillor David Turner and Maureen McGonnigle SWFA
pictured at the opening ceremony.