Scotland international Rachael Small has praised the efforts of the Scottish FA in growing the girls’ and women’s game in the North region.

Rachael (20), who plays her club football for Forfar Farmington, is playing in her hometown of Aberdeen on Sunday in a friendly against Cameroon.

“There is no doubt that there are now far more opportunities for girls to play the game than when I was younger,” she said.

“The Scottish FA’s girls’ and women’s football development officers are working tirelessly to assist clubs in developing female sections with their set-ups.

“In the North, we have Fin Annand in this role who is making great progress.”

Rachael revealed that when she was younger, played for boys’ teams until she moved to Forfar Farmington at adult level aged 17.

“Now we have many clubs across the north of Scotland who have girls’ and women’s sections,” she added.

“Football for girls and women is now widespread and is here to stay.

“The game can only get stronger.”

Rachael attended a training session of the youth sections of Aberdeen FC Ladies on Thursday night where she provided her advice to the next generation of potential stars.

Fin Annand organised the event.

She said: “Rachael is a local girl who has made it into the international team.

“Her visit tonight will, hopefully, inspire these young players.

“The visit of the international team on Sunday at the Aberdeen Sports Village will be a great advert for the women’s game too.

“The girl’s and women’s game in the North region is flourishing.”

If you would like to find out about girl’s and women’s football in the North of Scotland, which covers Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Highlands & islands, Orkney Isles, Shetland Isles and the Western Isle, please email or call 07506461762.