Scotland Women’s National Team goalkeeper Lee Alexander surprised a girls group taking part in a grassroots football session in Glasgow to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Fresh from keeping two clean sheets in back-to-back matches against New Zealand, the Scotland number one visited a Lidl Skills Centre in Paisley. There, she helped coach the 16 girls attending the grassroots initiative at Castlehead High School.
The Lidl Skills Centres have been hugely successful, recently reaching more than 300 centres nationwide, giving boys and girls the opportunity to play football and receive high quality coaching at the key ages of 5-12.
The Centres have seen a huge increase in girls’ participation, growing by more than 200% from year one to year three.
As the world celebrates women’s achievements on International Women’s Day, Alexander hoped this will ensure a new generation of female football stars from Scotland.
She said: “I think it’s great that you have things like this to give girls the chance to get more involved in football.
“When you come to initiatives like this the memories do come flooding back that I never had anything like the Lidl Skills Centres, so it’s great for the future of women’s football in Scotland.
“I love being a role model to girls just starting out playing the game – when I was young I looked up to David Beckham, so with us qualifying for the Euros giving children the opportunity to have female footballers to look up to is fantastic.
“The women’s game is definitely growing and growing and seeing so many girls playing the game and enjoying the game is just brilliant.”
As well as an Official Supplier of the Scottish FA, Lidl are also the Lead Partner of the Scottish FA’s Skills Centres.
The Lidl funded Scottish Skills Centres provide opportunities to participate in football for boys and girls aged 5-12 of all abilities in a fun, friendly and safe environment.