Following on from the Women’s World Cup, we were delighted to welcome two very special guests to Stark’s Park this week to speak to players and coaches from the Raith Rovers Women and Girls setup.
Two of Scotland’s most successful women, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and best-selling crime writer Val McDermid, spoke at length with each other about some of the challenges and successes they’ve had in their careers.
Well known in the club for her continued support and sponsorship, Val McDermid is one of the world’s best-selling crime fiction writers. She’s written over 40 books, which have sold millions of copies around the world. She appears regularly on the radio, and her books have been made into TV and Radio Shows. She also sponsors the North Stand at Stark’s Park in honour of her father (a former scout for Raith) and her name has been on the front of the club’s home shirts since 2014.
As First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon has reached the top of Scottish Politics. First elected to the reconvened Scottish Parliament in 1999, she became Deputy First Minister in 2007. In 2014, she became the first female to hold the office of First Minister. She’s known internationally, and was listed the 45th most powerful women in the world by Forbes Magazine last year, and second in the United Kingdom. She is also the official patron of the Scottish women’s football team.
The whole evening was filmed by RaithTV, and is now available to view in full below. You may want to view on your television, if you are able to send it from your preferred device.
It was a real coup to have both these women address our female players, and hopefully inspire them on to great success in the future. It was a very thought-provoking chat, and was enjoyed by everyone in attendance.
After the event, player Abigail Wilson called it, “ an eye opening experience that made me realise many things that I could achieve in the future.”
RRWGFC Chair Neil Sinclair said, “Thanks to both for an inspirational evening with two very successful women. A pleasure to hear the stories of how they built their careers.“
The club would like to express their thanks to both women for offering both their time and wisdom to the players, and to all those that helped in organising the event.
Photographs by Euan Kennedy and Lesley Fleming