Buchan Ladies delighted to feature in SWPL 2 season

Buchan Ladies' Jo Murphy is on hand to launch the Scottish Women's Premier League 1 & 2 at Hampden
Buchan Ladies' Jo Murphy is on hand to launch the Scottish Women's Premier League 1 & 2 at Hampden

The Scottish Women’s Premier League (SWPL) 1 and 2 seasons have officially launched and it is set to be the most exciting one yet.

The new league format means that eight teams will battle it out in each division, playing each other three times throughout the season.

Both seasons will kick-off on Sunday, March 13 and the Buchan Ladies will feature in the SWPL 2.

They join three other new teams; Glasgow Girls FC, Jeanfield Swifts and Queen’s Park LFC.

General secretary of the club, Julie Anderson, said ahead of the season launch: “Buchan Ladies FC is delighted to be competing in the SWPL 2 this season.

“Competing at such a high level shows the standard of football played by our ladies and their commitment to both the club and the game.”

She added: “Buchan Ladies FC has to travel long distances every fortnight to meet their fixtures.

“The club has a dedicated committee and parent helpers who make this financially possible.”

Jo Murphy, 23, said at the launch that the whole squad are excited for the new season.

She said: “I think we had a strong season last year and we just want to push on from there.

“Obviously, I think the league will be quite competitive and strong, so it should be a good challenge to test ourselves.”

Jo added: “I think we’ll do quite well this season.

“We had quite competitive games last season with Glasgow Girls FC who have made a good few signings, including Hamilton Accies WFC.

“We just have to wait and see but we’re quietly confident in our ability.”

It was also announced at the season launch that the organisation which runs Scottish women’s football will never accept commercial partnerships with companies in the alcohol and gambling industries.

Vivienne MacLaren, director of media and communications at SWF, said: “We have had approaches from companies in both sectors.

“They asked if we wanted to speak to them about sponsorship but we said no because we want women’s football to be a clean sport and one which helps to educate young girls.

“It’s my opinion, and that of the SWF board, that we wouldn’t just take money for the sake of it.”

Vivienne added: “People might say we’re crazy not accepting sponsorship from these sectors but if we can survive without it and give ourselves a bit longer to find the right partners that is the best approach.”