East Fife FC women and striker Skivington nominated for Football Awards

East Fife's Teri Skivington is actively supported by her young mascots, who also happen to be her nieces
East Fife’s Teri Skivington is actively supported by her young mascots, who also happen to be her nieces

The winners of the MG ALBA Scottish Women’s Football Awards will be announced at a ceremony on Saturday 4 June at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow.

It will be the first in-person meeting after a nearly two-year hiatus due to Covid where the prestigious event has taken place online.

The Bayview women’s team will be promoted to the Championship team after beating Bishopbriggs, Rossvale 3-1 in a Championship play-off, who secured promotion to the new SPFL-ruled Scottish Women’s Premier League 2 of the year fight.

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Also in contention for this award are Montrose – who finished victorious ahead of the East Fife ladies – Dryburgh, Rossvale and Gartcain.

East Fife’s Teri Skivington is among the nominees for Championship North Player of the Year along with Aimee Ridgeway, Montrose’s Eilidh Reid and Georgia Carter and Dryburgh’s Stacey McFadyen.

East Fife manager Liz Anderson said the squad was delighted with the nomination and it was good recognition for Skivington, without whom the Fifers’ goal tally would have been so high this season.

The player joined East Fife in 2010 aged 15 from boys’ club Gilvenbank United. She settled into a senior squad straight away and quickly established herself as a key player in many league and cup campaigns.

Having won several player and managerial awards over the years, she has been the club’s top scorer in every season where she has played more than half of the games in a season in her 12 years at the club.

In the promotion win, Captain Skivington scored an impressive 46 goals, including seven hat-tricks.

The Diageo engineer apprentice works shifts and is one of the most dedicated players at the club, often attending training sessions before going straight into the night shift.

Liz Anderson said: “Teri is a rare breed in football these days. She is incredibly competitive, determined and driven, but has all the talent to match those attributes. Teri has shown an unparalleled commitment to me as a coach and to this club. often at the expense of her own promotion. I am delighted that she has played such a big part in giving East Fife an opportunity to play at a higher level and being recognized in the short line of Championship Player of the Year by the SWF , alongside internationalists and the best players in our country. It’s nothing short of what she deserves.”

Scottish Women’s Football CEO Aileen Campbell said: “With more crowds in person and at home than ever before, it has been a landmark season for women’s football in Scotland and SWF is delighted to announce the shortlists for the MG ALBA Awards, which presents become the best that women’s football has to offer.

“There are many success stories in our leagues, both on and off the pitch, and I can’t wait to celebrate them at our event.”

Scottish Women’s Football Chairwoman Viv MacLaren added: “After all the impact the pandemic has had on our game, this awards ceremony is an important moment to celebrate achievements and shine a spotlight on all that is good in women’s football. Can’t wait to welcome everyone to the Hilton in June.

“We are also pleased to once again have MG ALBA as a headline partner.

“They have been a continuous source of support and have given women’s football some much-needed visibility – this has helped develop the game and they deserve great recognition and recognition.”

Next month’s event will be hosted by BBC sportswriter Jane Dougall, who has tickets to Scottish Women’s Football (scotwomensfootball.com).

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