Glasgow City FC plan UK’s first purpose-built women’s football stadium in East Dunbartonshire

Councillor Rhondda Geekie and City Captain Leanne Ross

Councillor Rhondda Geekie and City Captain Leanne Ross

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Glasgow City Football Club are exploring plans to build Britain’s first purpose-built women’s football stadium in East Dunbartonshire.

The Scottish champions have entered talks with East Dunbartonshire Council for the sports facility which would have a standard pitch and training facilities at Auchinairn in Bishopbriggs.

It would be used by the Glasgow City Foundation and other community groups.

Glasgow City Foundation’s Douglas Barnett said: “We are delighted to be working with East Dunbartonshire Council to promote the sport to new generations of girls and women.

“Glasgow City Foundation was set up to make a difference and we believe Auchinairn affords a unique opportunity to use the success of our club, our players and our volunteers to inspire the local community to lead a positive, happy and healthy life.

City currently play at Petershill Park and have also used Airdrie’s Excelsior Stadium for certain European games.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “This agreement follows recent engagement with the local community to determine whether there was interest in working with Glasgow City Foundation to explore the potential for a sporting facility alongside our place approach and the new community facilities we are planning for this area.

“Through both the information session we held in May and the online survey we hosted on the council website, there was overwhelming support for the development of this proposal from those who took part.”

City have won the Scottish title eight times in a row and made it as far as the quarter-finals of last season’s Champions League.

Last week, head coach Eddie Wolecki Black announced he was stepping down after eight years at the club.

Glasgow City presently play at Petershill Park and have also used Airdrie’s Excelsior Stadium for certain European games.