Ready for action: Carol Campbell, Liz Dee, Rebecca Hook Caroline McLean, Katie Kerr and Laura Cooper gather
Women’s football has taken on a much higher profile thanks to the World Cup and now females in the business world want a piece of the action.
Street Soccer Scotland, the social enterprise, will be host its first ever Women’s Festival and Scotland’s first Women’s Corporate Cup in Glasgow next month.
The event on 20 September is supported by commercial law firm Burness Paull, Powerleague and charity ‘Scottish Women in Sport’. It will feature a five-a-side tournament with 24 teams representing corporate Scotland and Street Soccer women’s projects across Scotland.
The festival will be hosted by Townhead Powerleague in Glasgow from 10am to 5pm and will be open to everyone regardless of fitness or footballing ability. The morning session will host a Schools Cup.
David Duke, founder of Street Soccer Scotland said: “We have hosted successful Corporate Cups in the past which have seen teams from companies across Scotland including Burness Paull, Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland and PWC, but this is our first ever Women’s Corporate Cup. We’re keen to welcome teams from all over the country to take part in what will certainly be a fun event.”
Tamar Tammes, managing partner at Burness Paull said: “Diversity and inclusion is part of the core of Burness Paull, and we are committed to promoting equal opportunities for all in our workplace and helping where we can in our communities.”
Coding for Women
Gillian Docherty (The Data Lab), Sir Ian Wood, Kate Forbes MSP, Ian Watt and Maggie McGinley (Code the City)
Another boost for women, this time an initiative designed to get more females into the digital technology sector.
Code the City, a charity established in 2017 to promote the use of technology to solve civic problems, is partnering with The Data Lab and global Oracle specialists, Inoapps, to offer two specialist programmes: Young Coders and specific digital workshops for mums looking to return to the workplace in Aberdeen.
Each will offer primary school children and mothers the opportunity to learn important, up-to-date literacy skills crucial to supporting Scotland’s growing digital economy.
The new scheme, announced by Digital Economy minister Kate Forbes at the launch of the Scottish Innovation Centre, The Data Lab’s new Aberdeen office at ONE Tech Hub, is seen as an inclusive and important step in Aberdeen’s diversification from oil and gas.