Scotland internationalist Joelle Murray has been appointed as Hibernian Girls Academy manager in a move designed to ensure a conveyor belt of talent moving through to the SWPL team.
Murray is also captain of Hibs Ladies, and one of three from the Capital team – along with Kirsty Smith and Rachel McLauchlan – named in the Scotland squad which will take part for the first time in next month’s European Championship finals in Holland.
Murray will have responsibility over the whole academy including player development, technical development, recruitment, sports science and will also look to develop the girls’ performance centre while seeking to increase participation in girls’ football in Edinburgh and the Lothians.
Charlie Bennett, chief executive of Hibs Community Foundation, said: “Joelle will bring experience, commitment and is the right person at the right time for this next stage for the development of girls and ladies football at Hibs.”
Murray said: “Opportunities for women to work full-time within the game are limited, so to have this opportunity fills me with real excitement and gratitude to the community foundation for this investment.”
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