International Women's Day Q&A: Gemma Fay

Gemma Fay won 203 caps for Scotland women’s national football team. On International Women’s Day (Thursday 8 March) she talks about her new role as Scottish Rugby's Head of Women & Girls Rugby.

What does your role at Scottish Rugby involve?

I am the Head of Women & Girls Rugby with a responsibility for the strategic development of the game at all levels. That essentially means growing the game for all to enjoy and helping our women’s national team work towards improving on the world stage.

What’s your background in sport – where did you get to where you are now?

I have quite a varied background! I was an international footballer for 19 years, winning 203 caps and captaining Scotland for eight of those years.

Alongside that I had a dual career, working in sports development for 15 years. Before moving to Scottish Rugby, I spent eight years at sportscotland as a Partnership Manager working with Scottish governing bodies of sport.

What’s the best thing about your job?

The chance to make positive change. I am at the forefront of the development of the women and girls game and I have been given the opportunity to shape the future. I see this as a privilege and an honour.

How do you feel about the current status of women in sport and what are your hopes for the future?

The status of women in sport is growing all the time, but of course it is never fast enough for women in sport!

Women in sport as a whole are working from a historical disadvantage, and like anything lasting change doesn’t happen overnight.

To change a culture you are required to change behaviours and attitudes towards women in sport. For me success will be when we talk about sport, not male or female.

The most important thing is to have buy in from the leaders of an organisation, they set the culture of an organisation and they can really drive change. Within Scottish Rugby this is absolutely the case, which makes my job easier!

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