Scotland puts focus on women’s sport

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VisitScotland chief executive Malcolm Roughead has said he is excited about this year’s focus on women’s sport across the country.

Mr Roughead said: ‘It’s a big year for women’s sport with Scotland providing the perfect stage over the next three months for six key events on the international sporting calendar.

‘As a world-leading events destination, we have a proud history of supporting and championing women’s sporting events. From hosting the largest women’s annual golf event on the ladies’ European Tour to supporting showcase events for national teams, we continue to shine a spotlight and build on the momentum shift behind women’s sport.

‘We’re lucky to be hosting one of these events, the 2019 Solheim Cup, which is the biggest event in women’s golf and one of the most prestigious women’s sporting events on the planet, at Gleneagles in September. The event is expected to deliver a strong economic impact with an anticipated attendance in excess of 100,000 spectators and significant media benefit by way of its global reach of 600 million plus households.

‘Scotland is one of the world’s leading event destinations and this summer will reaffirm our position as we shine a spotlight on women’s sport.’

The sport kicks off with the UEFA Women’s U19 European Championship this month and culminates with the 2019 Solheim Cup.

The country will also host the Women’s Eurohockey Championships II, the inaugural Women’s Tour of Scotland, the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies’ Scottish Open and the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup T20 Global Qualifier during the summer months.