Glasgow City appoint full-time Head of Youth
We are very excited to announce that we have employed Head of Youth Amy McDonald on a full time basis at the club. The appointment is ground breaking for Scottish women’s football with Amy becoming the first full-time dedicated Head of Youth for the girls game at club level.
It is perhaps ironic that only yesterday, Amy was named SFA West Region Girls’ and Women’s Football Volunteer of the year. The award from our national association is testament to Amy’s tremendous work and commitment to Glasgow City and the girls’ game in general and it is very pleasing for our football club that we are able to provide the opportunity for a fantastic volunteer to turn into a full time employee.
Commenting on the employment of Amy, City Club Manager Laura Montgomery said, “Amy as everyone knows was a very talented footballer who competed at the highest level. Sadly during her time at the club, she suffered a career threatening injury and I think it speaks volumes of her as a person that rather than reflecting negatively on this, she turned her energy and drive into the youth of our game. Two years ago, we asked her to take on the role of Head of Youth, a brand new role we were creating, based on how impressed and confident we were with her ability to make this role her own.
“I have to be honest and say that she has not only done the job brilliantly, but she has exceeded our expectations. Our Youth Academy is absolutely vital to our club, as we look to not only bring through our future first team stars, but also to ensure we help develop our players into the citizens we believe they can be. Our football philosophy is very clear as is our off the field philosophy for how our club runs and our players and parents conduct themselves. We are incredibly proud of our Youth Academy and this is down to Amy and her team of highly qualified coaches, who are helping to develop not only very talented players, but fantastic young, confident women.
"Amy’s full time role will include not only being Head of Youth but also in time being in charge of our planned new charitable trust which we are creating to deliver our community values and programmes throughout the City. It is an extremely exciting time for our club and we are thrilled to have secured someone with the skills of Amy to lead a vital part of our future.”
On her new position, Amy herself said, “I am absolutely delighted to have been offered this position with Glasgow City on a full-time basis. I certainly never thought when I joined the club as a player that a few years later I would be working full-time in my dream job for the best women’s football club in the country. I have thoroughly enjoyed my role over the last two years and I am very excited about the future for what we can achieve.
“On a personal level, I very much want to thank Laura (Montgomery) and Cas (Carol Anne Stewart) for having faith in my from the beginning and for making this opportunity happen. We have very big plans for the football club and I am delighted to be able to help make them happen.”
Pictured: Amy McDonald during a match with fellow City Coach Michael McDougall by Andy Buist