Scottish Champions, Glasgow City Women’s Football Club, are delighted to announce their first new signing of the close season after capturing striker Sarah Crilly from Hamilton.
The forward, who recently turned 21, is in her third year at the Scottish National Football Academy at Stirling University where young Scottish talent combine football with full time higher education.
A former youth international at Under 17 and Under 19, Sarah made her senior Scotland debut this year scoring in a closed door friendly against Norway.
Speaking of her move to City, Sarah said: “First, I’d like to thank Glasgow City for giving me this opportunity. They have achieved so much over the past few years within the Scottish League and the Champions League and I hope I can contribute to more success in the future.
“It’s a new challenge for me as an individual and one that will require a lot of hard work and determination which I’m committed to giving to the club.
“I’d like to thank Hamilton for everything they have done for me over the years. They have made me the player that I am today. I also give special thanks to Kevin Murphy – without him I would not have progressed as far as I have in my football career.
“Kevin is a great coach and also a great person. Hamilton are a fantastic club with lots of ambition and there is definitely a bright future for them if they continue on their current road. I look forward to starting pre-season training in January with City and I will enjoy training among some of Scotland’s top players and coaches.”
Glasgow City Head Coach, Eddie Wolecki Black, said: “It has taken a while but I’m glad, finally, to have got Sarah on board. We tried to sign Sarah a number of years ago when we first started up a reserve side. She was an up and coming young prospect and although we were unsuccessful then and again a year ago, we never gave up.
“She will certainly bring a lot to the team. She has great pace, vision and awareness. She will work hard for the team and is very ambitious. I know the players at this club will be very pleased to have her as a team mate. The coaching staff and I are looking forward to working with her very much. I am certain she will be a huge success at Glasgow City.”
Glasgow is bidding to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG). The city declared its interest today to the British Olympic Association. That body has a deadline of 1 March to submit a bid for the UK to host those games and Glasgow is the only UK city to express interest.
Should the bid be made and should it win, around 3,600 young athletes aged between 15 and 18 would take part in 28 summer Olympic sports over 12 days of competition.
The first Youth Olympic Games was held in Singapore in 2010 and the first winter YOG Games was held in Innsbruck earlier this month.
From now until the deadline the British Olympic Association and the City’s representatives will work together to develop a submission. Ultimately, the International Olympic Committee will produce a short list of candidate cities in January next year. The winning host city will be announced in the summer of 2013.
The athletes will not only compete at the highest level of international youth sport, but will also take part in a Culture and Education Programme, which is a core element of the Youth Olympic Games.
Glasgow City Council Leader, Councillor Gordon Matheson, said: ‘Our submission for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games is a strong one; reinforcing our credentials as hosts of world-class sporting events and underlining our continuing determination to ensure Glasgow has an enduring legacy which will benefit the city for generations to come.’
The Dear Green Place will play host to some of the Olympic football events this summer when the Games are centred in London. And it hosts the Commonwealth Games in 2014 as well as the World Artistic Gymnastics the following year. All of this is alongside top international meetings and athletics and gymnastics events.
Said Councillor Matheson: ‘The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will soon show a global audience what we can do in terms of hosting one of the world’s biggest celebrations of sport. Winning the right to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games would be another outstanding achievement for the city.’