Hearts are already well ahead of the curve in terms of the number of senior roles held by women in the backroom set up at Tynecastle Park.
There is now a determination to fully embrace the girls’ and women’s game with the introduction of an academy structure, an elite development squad and a full first team.
Kevin Murphy, who led football operations within the Manchester City Women’s Academy Department, joined the Club in February. Kevin will lead the development of the new girls’ and women’s programme, which will begin in November, and will be based on the hugely successful academy structure already in place for boys.
The Girls’ and Women’s Academy will be based at ORIAM and will be fully integrated utilising the club’s existing football philosophy and programmes; one club, one passion, one Hearts.
Kevin Murphy, Girls Academy & Women’s Manager commented:
“The opportunity to be part of something different in the women’s game is very exciting. Hearts have a real intent to do this properly. I don’t know of another Club in Scotland that is working towards this type of set up and integration. I will be working with the team here between now and November to finalise the programme and development plan for the Academy.”
Roger Arnott, Academy Manager said:
“The success of our boys’ academy is well documented; the environment and culture produce an amazing stream of talent. I am confident we can have just as successful a pathway for girls that feeds a competitive elite development and first team squad.”