As the home of Scottish women’s sport, BBC ALBA’s schedule will include a broad selection of live sport including international, European club and domestic football, international rugby and domestic shinty and curling.
To mark this announcement, four of the biggest names in Scottish women’s sport – curling’s Eve Muirhead, football’s Nicola Docherty, rugby’s Rachel McLachlan and shinty’s Kirsty Deans – met at Scotland’s iconic Forth Rail Bridge to highlight the strength of BBC ALBA’s commitment and the collective potential to transform the profile of women’s sport.
The channel’s announcement follows a fabulous year of coverage of women’s sport, including the Women’s Six Nations, and landmark coverage of Scotland in the FIFA Women’s World Cup – the culmination of a journey BBC ALBA has shared with Scottish women’s football over the past decade.
The latest action kicks off on Friday 30th August with Scotland v Cyprus in the qualifiers for Euro 2021 – the team’s first competitive fixture since the World Cup. At European club level, Hibs Ladies’ and Glasgow City’s UEFA Womens Champions League home fixtures will be screened, with Hibs facing Slavia Prague live on BBC ALBA on 11th September at Easter Road, and Glasgow City’s home leg against Russian side Chertanovo a fortnight later.
Coverage of the women’s domestic league continues in September with Forfar vs Motherwell on 20th September, with BBC ALBA continuing its coverage of the SWPL Cup and the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup Final.
In rugby, BBC ALBA will continue its coverage of the Women’s Six Nations, broadcasting all of Scotland’s home fixtures. Discussions are also underway to look into covering key domestic fixtures as well.
Coverage of shinty will feature the Valerie Fraser Camanachd Cup final on BBC ALBA on Saturday 7th September as Badenoch Ladies defend their title from Skye Ladies challenge. Curling is planned for early in 2020, with 10 teams competing across 4 days at the Perth Ladies International event in the beginning of January.
Iseabail Mactaggart, Director of Strategy and Partnerships at MG ALBA, which operates BBC ALBA in partnership with the BBC, said: “As the home of Scottish women’s sport, BBC ALBA offers a platform that raises awareness and exposure not only to the individual sports but also to the Gaelic language. We’re privileged to be a broadcast partner in women’s football, rugby, shinty and curling – and we’re committed to working as hard as we can with all of our partners to raise the profile of the games, encourage participation and attendance, as well as growing our TV audience and through that, opening the door to Gaelic.”