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SSE fund enables ‘progressive’ link-up between Sutherland football team and Easter Ross sports clinic

By Niall Harkiss

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A new link between a Sutherland sports team and an Easter Ross sports clinic promises to “shine a light” on the progression of women’s football thanks to funding from SSE Renewables.

Players at Sutherland Women’s football club will benefit from the opportunity to receive sports therapy treatments throughout the current season as part of a “pivotal” partnership with Invergordon-based Caledonia Sports Clinic.

The link, which the club believes can set new standards in health and fitness for its senior team, was made possible thanks to a successful application to the SSE Renewables Gordonbush Community Fund.

Sutherland Women's Football Club has established a link with Caledonia Sports Clinic for season-long treatment at their Invergordon base.
Sutherland Women's Football Club has established a link with Caledonia Sports Clinic for season-long treatment at their Invergordon base.


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Sutherland Women's chairperson, Siobhan MacBeath said: “This progressive link will see senior players given the opportunity to have sports massage and focused treatment throughout the 2024 Highlands and Islands season, on a rotational basis.

“With a rise in interest and uptake in women's football and the recurring issue of injuries to our squad in previous seasons, the club management and players were keen to set preventative treatment/exercise, physiotherapy and recovery as a priority to promote squad wellbeing and reduce the number of injuries as the season unfolds.

“Linking with Karen at the Caledonia Sports Clinic will be pivotal in setting the bar high for our squad's health and fitness. This will set an example to other clubs across the Highlands that looking after players really does make a difference to their performance and team mindset.

“Thank you, Karen, for your work with many of our players to date, we look forward to this partnership in the months to come and appreciate your commitment to helping us reach our team goals on and off the pitch! Thank you also to SSE Renewables for believing in our project focusing on women's football and fitness.”

Franci Hutchison, a player with the Sutherland outfit, said: “As one of the regular players in the senior squad, I am delighted that the team have been given this opportunity to focus on what has always been a problem during football season - injuries.

“As a squad, we do well in supporting each other, whether that's through injury, juggling commitments or encouraging each other at training or on game day. This project shines a light on how women's football is progressing, letting women and girls know that their health and wellbeing is important.

“It's fantastic to be part of this project. Thank you to SSE and Caledonia Sports Clinic for believing in our wee club.”

Coach George Clubb added: “Having a link to Caledonia Sports Clinic offering sports massages and focused treatment can be super beneficial for our Sutherland Women's Football Team.

“It can help prevent injuries, speed up recovery, and improve overall performance. The specialized treatment can target specific areas that are prone to football-related injuries, keeping us in top shape.

“Plus, the massages can help us relax and relieve muscle tension after intense matches. It's a win-win for our team.”

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