Scotland Kicks off Summer of Female Sport

Scotland Kicks off Summer of Female Sport

Scotland is one of the world’s leading event destinations and this summer it will reaffirm its position as it shines a spotlight on women’s sport.

Over the next three months the country will play host to six European and international sporting events kicking off with the UEFA Women’s U19 European Championship in July and culminating in the biggest event in women’s golf, The 2019 Solheim Cup in September. The country will also host the Women’s Eurohockey Championships II, the inaugural Women’s Tour of Scotland, The Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open and the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup T20 Global Qualifier during the summer months. To mark the occasion, VisitScotland and its EventScotland team gathered players from each event to celebrate this special summer of women’s sport and showcase Scotland is leading the way in the development and promotion of world-class women’s sporting events. Solheim Cup Team Europe Captain, Catriona Matthew, met with Scotland cricketer, Samantha Haggo, along with Katie Archibald, Women’s Tour of Scotland ambassador and Commonwealth, World and Olympic Cycling Champion; Becky Ward, Scotland’s Hockey Vice Captain and Scotland Under 19’s football player Michaela McAlonie to commemorate this occasion.

Talking about this unprecedented summer of women’s sport, Catriona Matthew, Solheim Cup Team Europe Captain said: “It is incredibly exciting that The 2019 Solheim Cup will be the culmination of a terrific year for women’s sport in Scotland, showcasing the very best of a range of sports across a number of events. There is no doubt that women’s sport is benefitting from an enhanced profile both domestically and globally and it is fitting that The Solheim Cup and golf plays a huge part of that in the country which gave the game to world. I hope the Scottish public turn out in force to support our world-class athletes, not just at Gleneagles in September but across all of our women’s sports events.”

VisitScotland’s Director of Events, Paul Bush OBE, said: “2019 is a big year for women’s sport with Scotland providing the perfect stage over the next three months for six key events on the international sporting calendar. As a world-leading events destination we have a proud history of supporting and championing women’s sporting events. From hosting the largest women’s annual golf event on the Ladies European Tour to supporting showcase events for national teams, we continue to shine a spotlight and build on the momentum shift behind women’s sport.

The Scottish summer of women’s sporting events are, in chronological order:

Football: UEFA Women's U19 European Championship - 16 – 28 July
In the aftermath of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, Scotland will be hosting UEFA’s flagship European Championship Youth Tournament, the Women’s Under 19 European Championship, which aims to expose talented youth footballers to elite level competition in preparation for stepping up to the senior stage to represent their country. Taking place across four professional football stadiums in Scotland - the grounds of St. Johnstone FC (Perth), Stirling Albion FC, Partick Thistle FC (Glasgow) and St. Mirren FC (Paisley) - Scotland will be joined by Belgium, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, and current holders Spain as they all compete for the trophy, which will be lifted by the winner on Sunday 28 July.
Michaela McAlonie said: “This has already been an exciting summer for Scottish women’s football, and will now culminate with the Women’s Under-19s Euros.
“Scotland has shown in the past that it can host world class events and this one will be no different.
“The players can’t wait to play in front of a passionate home crowd and hopefully the country gets behind us, like they did for the ‘A’ squad’s World Cup debut in France.
“Young girls now have female footballing role models and hopefully over the course of July we can continue to help inspire the next generation.”

For more information, including tickets, visit www.scottishfa.co.uk/scottish-fa/wu19s-european-championships

Hockey: Women’s Eurohockey Championship II - 4 – 10 August
Held every two years, the Women’s Eurohockey Championship Division II will see eight nations compete to join the first division and rank amongst the best in Europe. Featuring 20 matches spread over seven days at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre, the iconic legacy venue of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, all eyes will be on team Scotland as they go up against Wales, Czech Republic, Italy, Poland, Ukraine, Austria and Turkey to gain promotion to the top tier and avoid relegation to the 3rd league. Scotland matches are due to take place at 17:00 Sunday 04 August, 18:00 Tuesday 06 August and 19:00 Wednesday 07 August ahead of a final on Saturday 10 August.
Becky Ward, Scotland Vice-Captain, said: “It’s such a big year for Scottish women’s sport and to have a massive women’s hockey tournament in Glasgow is amazing. The squad can’t wait to play at home and I hope there will be a great support cheering us on, as well as all the athletes across the other sports events in Scotland this summer. It’s really exciting to be part of it and the tournament will play a big part in promoting women’s sport in Scotland, and beyond.”
To find out more and get tickets, visit www.scottish-hockey.org.uk/womens-eurohockey-championship-ii

Cycling: Women’s Tour of Scotland - 9 – 11 August
The Women’s Tour is a new and permanent fixture on the professional cycling calendar. This year’s inaugural the three-day, three stage 350km Tour will take place on Friday 9 – Sunday 11 August. Starting from Dundee’s iconic waterfront area, the 103km opening stage will take in the Tay Road Bridge and travel down through the Kingdom of Fife to finish in Pittencrief Park, Dunfermline. Stage Two is a 139.4km route departing on Saturday 10 August 2019 from Glasgow’s George Square, sweeping through The Trossachs and finishing in the centre of Perth.
The final stage will start and finish in the beautiful setting of Holyrood Park, the famous Royal Park in central Edinburgh. The 118.3km stage will include three Queen of the Mountain climbs.
Katie Archibald MBE, Commonwealth, World and Olympic Champion and Women’s Tour of Scotland ambassador, said: “I can’t wait for the summer. To be riding my bike in a professional women’s bike race in Scotland is so exciting. I’m really looking forward to taking part and hopefully there will be plenty of people out on the roads supporting us.
“Not only do we have the Women’s Tour of Scotland for the next few years taking place every August, but with the World Championships coming to Scotland in a few years, I think the enthusiasm for the sport in our country is only going to grow.”

To find out more, visit womenstourofscotland.com

Golf: The Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open – 8 – 11 August
The co-sanctioned ASI Ladies Scottish Open is one of the premier events on the Ladies European Tour and the LPGA. It will be held at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick for the first time just three weeks after the men’s Scottish Open. Tickets for this event are FREE and it is the final qualifying event for players looking to make Team Europe ahead of The 2019 Solheim Cup.
To find out more, visit ladiesscottishopen.com

Cricket: ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup T20 Global Qualifier - 31 August – 7 September
The Women's T20 World Cup Global Qualifier will take place in Dundee and Angus. The event is the final global qualifier for the T20 Women's World Cup, which is being staged in Australia next year. The qualifier will see eight teams - Scotland, Netherlands, Ireland, Papa New Guinea, Thailand, USA, Zimbabwe, and Bangladesh – compete for the final two qualifying places at next year tournament.
Samantha Haggo, Scotland cricketer, said: “2019 has been a big year for us and we're really excited to be hosting the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Global Qualifier in Dundee and Angus.
“In the past, the qualifier has been held in places such as Thailand and Sri Lanka so we're looking forward to being able to play in our own backyard this time around and will be aiming to capitalise on our home advantage.
“We've been working really hard on our skills over the past 12 months, never losing sight of our goal of reaching our first ever World Cup. The girls can't wait to get going and hope that people get behind us and come to watch.
“Women's cricket is one of the world's fastest growing sports and so this is a great opportunity for people to see what we're about and the skills we have to offer.”

Entry will be free for all games. For more information, visit www.cricketscotland.com

Golf: Solheim Cup - 9 – 15 September (comp days 13 – 15)
Hosted by VisitScotland, The 2019 Solheim Cup aims to be the biggest ever European edition of the event and the most family-focused golf event in history, with around 100,000 spectators expected at Gleneagles in September. It is the pinnacle of women’s golf with the best players from Europe and the USA going head-to-head in match play formation. The 16th edition promises to be one of the highlights on the women’s world sporting calendar in 2019.
To find our more and get tickets, visit www.solheimcup2019.com

Last Updated: 4 July 2019 13:06

Latest Local News

Slime FSTVL returns!

Slime FSTVL returns!

Scotland's slimiest festival is returning to M&D's Scotland's Theme Park this August giving enth-ooze-siasts aged 5 to 12 years old another chance to get messy this year!
Last Updated: 18th August 2019
My Guide Volunteers for Guide Dogs Scotland

My Guide Volunteers for Guide Dogs Scotland

Guide Dogs Scotland are looking for volunteers for their My Guide Sighted Guide Service across Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire and Ayrshire.
Last Updated: 18th August 2019
Magnum Scotch Cream Liqueur nurtures growth at Dobbies Garden Centres

Magnum Scotch Cream Liqueur nurtures growth at Dobbies Garden Centres

Scotland’s leading Scotch malt whisky cream liqueur, Magnum, has its sights set on further growth after announcing a new listing with Dobbies Garden Centres.
Last Updated: 16th August 2019
The SAY Award announced the highly anticipated 2019 shortlist

The SAY Award announced the highly anticipated 2019 shortlist

The Shortlist for this year’s Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award has been officially revealed ahead of next month’s final award ceremony at the Assembly Rooms.
Last Updated: 16th August 2019
Blantyre band in regional finals of Sound of Summer music competition

Blantyre band in regional finals of Sound of Summer music competition

Blantyre’s The Naked Feedback set to battle it out at O’Neill’s Merchant Square, as they compete for the chance to be the opening act for “Jack Daniel’s Presents: Biffy Clyro”.
Last Updated: 14th August 2019
The SAY Award 72 hour public vote for 2019 is now open

The SAY Award 72 hour public vote for 2019 is now open

Have your SAY and win tickets to this year’s ceremony! The SAY Award 72-hour public vote for 2019 is now open and closes at midnight on 14 August.
Last Updated: 12th August 2019
Fun, Families and Fore!

Fun, Families and Fore!

Children get in free to cheer for team Europe and USA at The 2019 Solheim Cup!
Last Updated: 10th August 2019
Half Term Staycation Savings with Macdonald Resorts UK

Half Term Staycation Savings with Macdonald Resorts UK

Book a three-night stay at one of Macdonald Resorts before the end of August to receive 15% off a half-term holiday.
Last Updated: 9th August 2019
Free movies and popcorn!

Free movies and popcorn!

Film lovers of all ages are being offered free movies and popcorn at M&D's starting this Saturday!
Last Updated: 9th August 2019
The greatest female golfers in the world are heading to Scotland!

The greatest female golfers in the world are heading to Scotland!

The Women's Football World Cup proved to be the highlight in a summer of sport, now it's the turn of female golfers to step into the spotlight as the biggest show in women's golf arrives in Scotland!
Last Updated: 7th August 2019
Scottish Country Double Act come to East Kilbride

Scottish Country Double Act come to East Kilbride

East Kilbride is to play host to a night of unprecedented live music as two of Scotland's prominent country music bands share the stage.
Last Updated: 2nd August 2019
Homebuilder helps youngster fulfil World Karate Championships dream

Homebuilder helps youngster fulfil World Karate Championships dream

Stewart Milne Homes is backing North Lanarkshire athlete, Rhys Hartley, as he prepares to head to the World Karate Championships in Chile.
Last Updated: 31st July 2019
RHS courses on offer at Castlebank Horticultural Centre

RHS courses on offer at Castlebank Horticultural Centre

Castlebank Horticultural Centre in Lanark will soon be offering horticultural qualifications through the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).
Last Updated: 30th July 2019
Discover the subterranean secrets of Culzean Castle

Discover the subterranean secrets of Culzean Castle

National Trust for Scotland are offering a unique opportunity for the public to don hard hats and explore Culzean Castle’s subterranean secrets!
Last Updated: 26th July 2019
Strictly Come Gardening 2019 winners announced!

Strictly Come Gardening 2019 winners announced!

The winners of Lanark's 2019 Strictly Come Gardening competition have been revealed!
Last Updated: 25th July 2019
Roll Up! Roll Up! The Circus Festival is coming to town!

Roll Up! Roll Up! The Circus Festival is coming to town!

Children of all ages will be able to take part in a real life clown school at M&D's Scotland's Theme Park this summer!
Last Updated: 23rd July 2019
Lanark groups presented with prestigious award!

Lanark groups presented with prestigious award!

Lanark in Bloom and the volunteers at Castlebank Horticultural Centre have been presented with a Queen's Award for Voluntary Service!
Last Updated: 21st July 2019
Katee gears up for a night of Americana in Strathaven

Katee gears up for a night of Americana in Strathaven

Emerging Scottish country music singer Katee Kross is preparing for her headline show as part of this year's Strathaven Folk Festival.
Last Updated: 21st July 2019
10 reasons to visit Resonate this weekend

10 reasons to visit Resonate this weekend

Resonate Total Gaming, the ultimate gaming experience, returns to Glasgow for a second year this weekend and turns the SEC into the nation's biggest gaming platform.
Last Updated: 18th July 2019
New play park opening soon at Palacerigg

New play park opening soon at Palacerigg

A new woodland play park is taking shape at Palacerigg Country Park, Cumbernauld!
Last Updated: 16th July 2019
Spot Red Squirrels at Brodick Castle

Spot Red Squirrels at Brodick Castle

With acres of thick woodlands, luscious gardens and island charm aplenty, the National Trust for Scotland's Brodick Castle on Arran is the perfect backdrop for a nature-loving day out!
Last Updated: 15th July 2019
GIE IT CAPALDI!

GIE IT CAPALDI!

150,000 music fans attend unforgettable sold-out weekend of live music as TRNSMT 2019 closes in spectacular style!
Last Updated: 15th July 2019
Castlebank and The Haven volunteers go green for Action Earth grant

Castlebank and The Haven volunteers go green for Action Earth grant

Lanark Community Development Trust calls on the local community to get involved in their forthcoming Volunteering Matters Action Earth project at Castlebank Horticultural Centre.
Last Updated: 11th July 2019
New Foraging Festival encourages people to explore Scotland

New Foraging Festival encourages people to explore Scotland

Foraging Fortnight, a brand-new festival taking place across five diverse regions of Scotland this autumn, has been announced.
Last Updated: 11th July 2019
Development Trust drives for new members in Lanark

Development Trust drives for new members in Lanark

Would you like to drive positive change in Lanark? Lanark Community Development Trust is encouraging the local community to sign up to join its committed membership base.
Last Updated: 9th July 2019
Current affairs are a major inspiration behind a new piece of political theatre by Scottish Youth Theatre National Ensemble 2019

Current affairs are a major inspiration behind a new piece of political theatre by Scottish Youth Theatre National Ensemble 2019

How tech giants use our online activity is the subject of a new ground breaking theatre production touring Scotland this July!
Last Updated: 9th July 2019
Spend a family day out at Brodick Castle this summer

Spend a family day out at Brodick Castle this summer

One of Scotland's most historical estates and tourist attractions, Brodick Castle on Arran, has re-opened with an exciting revamp, making it the perfect spot for families to visit over the summer.
Last Updated: 6th July 2019
Scotland Kicks off Summer of Female Sport

Scotland Kicks off Summer of Female Sport

Scotland is one of the world’s leading event destinations and this summer it will reaffirm its position as it shines a spotlight on women’s sport.
Last Updated: 4th July 2019
Bounce into Summer at Flip Out Glasgow

Bounce into Summer at Flip Out Glasgow

Flip Out Glasgow, Scotland's only inflatables and trampoline arena, has just unveiled its programme of activities for summer 2019 which are guaranteed to get families jumping!
Last Updated: 3rd July 2019
Royal visit to Castlebank Park

Royal visit to Castlebank Park

The Duke of Rothesay visited Castlebank Park and Horticultural Centre in Lanark to learn about the park's renovations and met with many of the volunteers and local organisations involved.
Last Updated: 28th June 2019

Sponsored Links

Popular Events

Strathaven Balloon Festival
The annual Strathaven Balloon Festival takes place on the weekend of August 23rd to 25th in Strathaven's John Hastie Park and this year it's celebrating its 20th Anniversary!
SLIME FSTVL
M&D's Scotland's Theme Park is set to another fantastically messy SLIME FSTVL on Sunday 25th August!
Doors Open Days: North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre
North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre in Motherwell are running a variety of tours and activities for all as part of this year's Doors Open Days festival!
Go Industrial Day
To commemorate the 200th anniversary of James Watt's death, Summerlee Museum will be stoking steam, peeping whistles and celebrating the master of innovation!
Christmas Cabaret Party Nights
Enjoy the glitz & glamour of Christmas this year at one of DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Westerwood Spa and Golf Resort's themed Cabaret Evenings!

Advertise With Us

Advertise With Us

Looking to reach new customers? We offer a variety of advertising options with prices starting from just £30 per month!

Click here to find out more »