Former Scotland captain to lead female rugby development

Former Scotland captain Gemma Fay has been appointed as Scottish Rugby’s new Head of Women & Girls’ rugby.

Fay, who won 200 caps as goalkeeper for the Scotland football national side in a 19-year career, joins from sportscotland where she has been working as a Partnerships Manager with different governing bodies since 2009.

Fay takes on the role previously held by Sheila Begbie who was promoted by Scottish Rugby in September to become the new Director of Domestic Rugby.

Director of Rugby, Scott Johnson said: “We are very excited about bringing Gemma to Scottish Rugby. Not only has she had a significant career in elite sport at an international level, but Gemma has also worked with different sports and understands what it takes to build and deliver the type of programme we want to achieve for women and girls in Scotland.”

In her new role Fay will report to Scottish Rugby’s Head of Academy and Performance Programmes, Stephen Gemmell, who said: “There has been a lot of progress across the women and girls game in the past couple of years and it is vital we now build on that momentum, both at grassroots level right through to the national team to put a sustainable and robust programme in place.

Gemma has a great range of experience to bring to Scottish Rugby and this role will give her a real opportunity to put that into practice.”

Gemma Fay said: “I am delighted to be joining Scottish Rugby at such an exciting time in the development of the women’s game in Scotland. After speaking at length with Scott Johnson I felt like this would be a perfect opportunity to use the skills I have developed as a professional in the sports industry for the past 14 years, in addition to my 20 years as an international athlete.”

Fay will be based at BT Murrayfield in Edinburgh and will take up her new role in January 2018.