Rachel Donaldson with her Award. Photo: John Savage
Stirling University’s Rachel Donaldson has been announced as the first-ever winner of the Scottish Building Society SWPL Player of the Month for September. The four players who were up for the award were nominated by managers in the SWPL 1 & 2 divisions, and Donaldson won the public vote ahead of Jade Lindsay (Hamilton Academical), Nichola Sturrock (Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale), and Corrie McIlravey Davidson (Jeanfield Swifts).
Speaking after receiving her award, she said: “I’m honoured to have won this. There were really impressive performances in both divisions, so it means a lot to have been voted as the best player for the month.”
Not only has Donaldson been in fine form, showing her versatility as well, but so has her team this season. Continuing on from their impressive end of 2016 when they went from relegation candidates to finish fourth, they look like they will be replicating that finish, sitting fourth with just three games remaining.
She praised her team-mates, saying that without their hard work, she would not have been able to have won the award.
Kerra McKinnie, Head of Marketing & Communications for Scottish Building Society, said: “We were delighted to become the first ever major sponsor of the Scottish Women’s Premier League. It’s a fantastic time for Scottish Women’s Football in general and with the end of the 2017 season in sight; it’s also extremely exciting.
“As part of our sponsorship, it’s our aim to help promote the game as much as possible and we see these awards as a big part of that. Being able to give players in both divisions the recognition they deserve for their performances is something we look forward to continuing.”
Donaldson added: “Having a major sponsor like Scottish Building Society is fantastic for the women’s game. Hearing more about their vision today is great and I know that it will excite all of the clubs, players, and teams.”
Kerra McKinnie thanked everyone who had voted for in the September Award, and stated that information regarding the October Player of the Month would soon be up on both the Scottish Building Society’s and SWPL’s websites.