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 Stirling University WFC Head Coach, Craig Beveridge. His side finished bottom of SWPL 1 after a hard fought campaign and will compete in SWPL 2 in 2020.
How are excited are you for the 2020 season? We’re very excited for the new season to get underway.
What do you make of the changes for the new season? I think the new play-off spots will provide added motivation for teams in both SWPL 1 and SWPL 2 towards the end of the season.
What are your aims and ambitions for the new season? Our aim is to gain promotion back to SWPL 1 although we know this will be a tough challenge with the increased competition in SWPL 2.
Based on the other teams in the league, do you think this will be the most competitive season ever? Yes, I think this will be a very competitive league as a lot of teams in SWPL 2 have strengthened well.
With the new season around a month away, how have preparations been so far? Since starting back in 2020, training has been excellent and our players have come back refreshed and ready to go for the new season. We are all looking forward to a new challenge of playing in SWPL 2 and are aiming for a strong season.
Do you have plans to/have you had much change to the squad? We have kept the majority of our squad from last year and added a couple of new faces. Having kept the core group from last season this should help us make a strong start to the season.
For perhaps new fans of the women’s game, who are some players in your squad they should look out for? Claire Petersen and Caitlyn Jobanek are two American Masters students who finished last season very strongly for us. We hope both of them can hit the ground running when the new season starts.
As well, are there any new/younger players we may see more of in 2020? Shana MacPhail is a new student who is one to look out for. She recently joined us in September and is improving all the time. She is a dangerous forward and will cause defenders lots of problems.
You start the new season away to Hamilton Academical WFC. What do you make of that fixture? It is a tough fixture to begin with playing away to last season’s runners up. I think it will be a close match which will be a very competitive fixture. If we were to come away with victory in this tough fixture it would be a great way to the start the new season.
How important do you think it will be to get off to a good start? Of course it will be important to every team to get off to a good start. However with 27 league games this year, it will be a very long season and plenty of chances to pick up points.
Finally, what would you say to encourage people to come and support your team this season? With our home games moving back to the University, we will aim to make this a hard place for away teams to come. We hope we can get as many students along to support us on Sunday afternoon’s.