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The new girls’ and women’s football development officer for the Scottish FA’s Central team reckons her local knowledge will help grow the game.

Kerry Kennedy, from Falkirk, was appointed earlier this year and is relishing the role.

“It's a very exciting time for the female game in the Central region,” she said.

“With Fir Park hosting the women's national team in their bid to secure a place at the 2015 Women's World Cup, there hasn't been a better time for girls and women to get involved in football.

“We have a lot of promising clubs in the region with a bright future ahead of them, and seeing the hard work they're all doing simply inspires me to keep driving the female game forward.”

Kerry has been playing football for most of her life.

She started out playing football at school. Aged 12, Kerry joined local team Falkirk Ladies FC in the under-13 age group.

Kerry then progressed through the age groups all the way into the senior team. She is currently still playing for the side in the Scottish Women's Premier League.

It was while playing for the club that her interest in coaching was born. At 16 years of age, she was helping out coaching in various age groups.

Three years later, Kerry was coaching at the Celtic Girls Academy.  A return to her home club of Falkirk Ladies FC followed last year where she worked as a club development officer.

This then led to her current role with the Scottish FA, supporting clubs develop their female sections and helping grow the game at grassroots level.

It’s a role Kerry said will help harness the passion already in existence in the Central region.

She added: “I hope my experience and knowledge of the Central region will help make it the best it can be.

“I have high hopes for the region and with the standard of clubs we have, I'm sure we will continue to grow and develop.”

If you have a query related to the girls’ and women’s game in the area, you can contact Kerry via email or call 07506 461 769.