Today at Hampden Park Gillian Boyle, depute head teacher at Eastwood High School, was presented with the Scottish Schools’ Football Association 20 Year Award by Alex McMenemy.
She is the first female teacher to be presented with this award.
Gillian has supported and helped so many young people at Eastwood High School and provided opportunities that they would not have otherwise experienced.
She has been in charge of girls’ football in the school since 1999. This role has involved her developing the girls’ confidence and skills in weekly training sessions, introducing many pupils to their first experience of competitive football at both 7-a-side and 11-a-side and offering many an identity.
Gillian has coached many pupils over the years who have gone on to sign for teams playing in the Scottish Women’s Premier League and some have even represented their country at international level.
She has also played a big part in the development of female footballers at regional level with her most recent role as coach of the West District Under 15s team.
Gillian’s enthusiasm for football and respect for the people she coaches has meant that many young people under her management have continued to fall in love with the game. This has resulted in pupils sustaining interest in representing Eastwood High School and playing with club teams throughout their teenage years and beyond.
Her involvement in football within Eastwood High school has included actively seeking out new players within the school, attending other year group’s games as extra encouragement and the opening and supervising of the school’s football pitch at lunchtimes to allow young people to play the game for fun.
Gillan has been pivotal in the development and growth of schools football in Eastwood High School and beyond. She continues to be a catalyst, role model and champion of girls’ football and thoroughly deserves this recognition.