Ahead of the 2020 season, we’ll catch-up with every single Scottish Building Society SWPL team. From new Head Coaches, new signings, and new aspirations, it’s set to be another exciting campaign.
We spoke to Dundee United WFC Head Coach, Gavin Beith. In their first season in SWPL 2, they finished third in the league.
How are excited are you for the 2020 season? Along with all the staff and players I’m extremely excited about the 2020 season.
What do you make of the changes for the new season? It’s a fantastic addition to the league. More teams equals more games which is what everyone wants. Adding play-offs into the league also gives teams an extra incentive to play for.
What are your aims and ambitions for the new season? Exactly the same as last season, be competitive in games and look to build on our performances each week. Every game will be tough, we need to find a level of consistency to be competitive.
Based on the other teams in the league, do you think this will be the most competitive season ever? It certainly will be the most competitive yet. Not only because of the addition of teams into the league but due to the addition that clubs have made to their squads.
With the new season around a month away, how have preparations been so far? Our preparations have went to plan so far. The squad have come back in good shape and have worked well in each of our sessions.
Do you have plans to/have you had much change to the squad? The vast majority of last years squad have all resigned which is fantastic. We have added Danni McGinlay, Robyn Smith and Holly Napier to our squad which adds quality and experience to our squad.
For perhaps new fans of the women’s game, who are some players in your squad they should look out for? I’d advise new fans to come and watch our games and make that judgement for themselves. Each player has their own qualities and all will play a vital role this season.
As well, are there any new/younger players we may see more of in 2020? Last year our young players performed really well and racked up a lot of appearances between them. AJ Meach, Rachel Robbie, Ellie Jai Reid, Phillipa McCallum, Neve Guthrie, and Steffi Simpson have all resigned and will hopefully continue to progress.
You start the new season at home to newly promoted Boroughmuir Thistle. What do you make of that fixture? The game against Boroughmuir will be a tough one. They will be on a high afer entering the league late on due to Hutchison Vale withdrawing.
How important do you think it will be to get off to a good start? It’s vitally important for all players to start well. If they do as team we start well. Finding that level of performance quickly helps settle the group and will give us a positive platform to build on.
Finally, what would you say to encourage people to come and support your team this season? The female game continues to grow year on year. The standard across the country is as high as it has ever been. Come along and witness this and support all teams and players.