Anna Signeul inducted into Show Racism the Red Card Hall of Fame
Anna Signeul was honoured by Show Racism the Red Card, Scotland's leading anti-racism charity, for her outstanding contribution to equality and respect.
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"Anna has been one of the Scottish FA's best appointments in recent years. She and her players and staff have worked so hard to improve the fortunes of the national team and we were all delighted to see them reaching their first ever European Championships finals in the summer - although we will be disappointed to see her leave for her new challenge in Finland.
"I'm proud to be patron of a team that Anna leads and her dedication and professionalism is demonstrated in everything she does. Her work to promote equality and help eradicate racism from football and society in general is to be admired and it is only right that she is recognised for her work in helping others."
- First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon
The Scotland Women’s head coach was inducted into the Show Racism the Red Card Hall of Fame at a ceremony at the Scottish Parliament, attended by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Minister for Public Health and Sport Aileen Campbell and members of the Women’s National Team.
Since taking up her post as the Women's National Team Coach Anna has made a significant contribution to women's football in Scotland.
She has supported the Show Racism the Red Card campaign through events held for young people at Hampden Park and educating them about the importance of non-discriminatory behaviour towards people because of their skin colour, nationality, culture or religion.
She joins a long and distinguished list of football stars and celebrities who have made an outstanding contribution to the charity, including former Scotland managers Craig Brown and Alex McLeish, and current England manager Gareth Southgate.
Show Racism the Red Card aims to raise awareness of women's football and put positive role models in the spotlight for young people to look up to.
Nicola Hay, Campaign Manger SRtRC said:
“Anna is a wonderful role model for young people and the intersectional approach she has taken toward equality is important. When we consider accessibility implications for girls and women in sport, accessibility is even harder when you are an ethnic minority. Anna’s work to promote equality and stand against racism is fundamental in removing barriers to participation not only for some girls and some women but for all. Team Scotland is thrilled to have inducted Anna into our Hall of Fame. She is a reminder that we must stand united in our diversity.”
Picture courtesy of Derek Heaney