‘Pandemic has highlighted need for women’s sport support’

Jen Wilson, the Scotland women’s coach, has admitted that sponsorship support for her part-time team has given them the chance to compete against top nations at next month’s EuroHockey Championships.

Scotland women will be competing at the Wagener Stadium in Amsterdam after returning to the Euro top-flight after their gold medal success at EuroHockey Championship II 2019.

The Tarta Hearts’ campaign begins on June 5 when they take on Spain, while Pool matches follow against Ireland and hosts Holland.

Wilson said: “For many reasons final selection has certainly been tougher than ever before. We have had to adapt our process and timeline significantly however I can only thank the entire squad for their dedication, commitment and most importantly, their adaptability.

Scotland have been able to call upon Great Britain quartet Sarah Robertson, Amy Costello, Charlotte Watson and Emily Dark, while youngster Bronwyn Shields will make her first senior tournament appearance.

McKenzie Bell and Laura Swanson are also set for their first appearances at a major tournament for Scotland at senior level.

Wilson also stressed the invaluable support of Scottish Hockey’s sponsor partners through the pandemic.

She said: “I would like to really magnify our gratitude to our sponsors, BOHO and Grahams Dairy, as without their support and provision these opportunities would not be available or possible for our squad.

“After a challenging fifteen months for many nations, it certainly highlights the imperative need for support in women’s sport, which allows part time athletes the chance to compete against the best full-time athletes in the world; a tough ask but one that this incredible group of role models chase daily alongside their work commitments and studies.”

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