Hamilton Ladies promote quartet

Written by Andrew Southwick.

By Vincent Bryson:
Hamilton Academical WFC are pleased to announce that Kimberley Black, Susan Lang, Deborah McLeod, Angela Lamont and Courtney McAvoy have all joined the SWPL squad from the U17 side, effective immediately.

Manager Kevin Murphy was delighted to welcome the youngsters into the rigours of senior football but was also quick to temper any expectations around their impact, insisting that the promotion of the young players is merely one step in their development.

“Its great that we have such a vibrant youth section, and I am proud to be associated with a club that offers a complete pathway from 5 years through to Senior football.  However we are absolutely focused on making sure the 5 girls who are promoted to the squad are taken care of development-wise and do not feel any sort of burden to perform.

We will have no demands on these players except that they stay grounded and continue to learn.  They are the future of the club and it will do them the world of good to be around players like Toni Mason, Jennifer King, Cheryl McCulloch and Gillian Inglis.  They can only learn from these type of players as well as the fabulous coaching staff we have at the Premier League team.”

All 5 players were part of a successful Under 17 side last year and are delighted to be stepping up to senior football.  Kim Black was Under 17 Captain last year and was involved in a few friendly fixtures for the Premier Team last year.

“I am excited about playing Senior Football this season, it’s a natural step up age-wise but the frequency and intensity of training is of course different.  The SWPL side train 4 evenings per week and a lot of the players also train in the mornings as well.  I’ve been lucky enough, as has Susan Lang, to play a few senior friendlies last season and I am certain i can speak for all of the promoted players when I say we are all immensely looking forward to the challenge and learning experiences ahead.

Head of Sport Science Mark McKenna was also keen to praise the attitude of the players after their first session with the SWPL squad.

“The players we have promoted from our youth setup have a fabulous attitude.  They have all been following strength and conditioning programmes for a significant period of time but the cliché is true, you can’t simulate tempo, you have to experience it and having the players involved in the Senior Squad will enhance their learning curve over the next few seasons.  Having spoken to them all individually regarding goals and objectives I am certain commitment will not be in question!

Accies first preseason friendly is this weekend against Claremont Ladies after the players convene at the National Sports Centre in inverclyde for a weekend of training culminating in the challenge match.

Accies are also looking for new partners for individual players, particularly for the front of the new home shirt which will be debuted in February.  If interested in backing a player, individual team or the whole club then please contact us using the channels below.
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