Celtic player Amy Gallacher has been named Scottish Women’s Premier League Player of the Month for August.

The 24-year-old scored six goals and provided four assists last month as Celtic won all four matches, scoring 30 goals in the process.

Gallacher became the new top scorer in the Championship after surpassing team-mate Kate Loverski after a hat-trick against Hibernian.

Meanwhile, in the ScottishPower Women’s Super League 2, Ellie Keane became the second QPR player to win the award after an impressive start to the new season.

Eli Keane scored seven goals to help QPR maintain their 100 per cent start to the season (Photo: Colin Poultney/SWPL)

In another senior role, Kane scored seven goals and provided three assists during August – meaning she played a role in more than half of Queen’s Parks’ 15 goals this season.

Nominees for the SWPL Award for August 2023 were Chelsea Cornet (Rangers), Cara Henderson (Partick Thistle) and Kathleen McGovern (Heart of Midlothian), and for SWPL 2 were Lucy Burns (Kilmarnock) and Mariluz Sanchez (University of Stirling).

Record attendance for the start of the SWPL season

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 08: The SWPL Cup during the FA Women's Super League launch event at ScottishPower HQ, on August 08, 2023, in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Collection)
More than 8,000 people attended SWPL matches in August

The SWPL announced record attendance at the start of the new season, with crowds up 30 percent in August compared to the same period last year.

Rangers’ home match against champions Glasgow City attracted the largest crowd last month with 1,196 people watching the 1-1 draw at Broadwood.

Over 100,000 fans watched SWPL matches during last season, while the domestic attendance record for a single match was also broken on three occasions.

Celtic hold the record with 15,822 spectators turning up to watch their 2-0 win over Hearts on the final day.

Over 13,000 attended Celtic's final SWPL match of the season
Over 15,000 attended Celtic’s final SWPL match of the season

SWPL Chief Executive Fiona McIntyre said: “We are delighted, at this early stage of the season, to see a significant increase of around 30 per cent in attendance across the league.

“The SWPL and our clubs strive to continually improve the product on and off the field, and we are delighted that more people are choosing to attend ScottishPower Women’s Super League matches than ever before.

“Last season, total attendance exceeded 100,000, which was a huge milestone for the league to reach in its inaugural year. We know that games moved to larger venues over the course of last season played an important role in breaking the 100,000 mark.

Glasgow City are SWPL champions once again
Glasgow City are SWPL champions once again

“We are confident, given these strong opening numbers and the success of matches in major stadiums last season, that we will see even more in 2023/24.

“It is great that Tynecastle and Easter Road have already been confirmed as venues for the upcoming derby matches between Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian. Sunday’s match between the two teams at Tynecastle provides a fantastic opportunity for fans to watch the elite of women’s football at one of the best grounds in the country.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the fans for their continued support of the SWPL, their clubs, and the entire women’s game. For anyone who has never attended a match before, there has never been a better time to get involved.”

Key dates for the 2023/24 SWPL season

Winter vacation – December 18 to January 13
The first post-split combinations – March 17, 2024
The final round of matches – May 19, 2024
Play-off finals – May 23/24, 2024
Sky Sports Cup Final – March 23 or 24, 2024

Scottish Premier League and SWPL on Sky Sports

SWPL ball for the 2023/24 season

Sky Sports – This season up to 48′ of Premier League matches will be available across the main Sky Sports channels, including Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event, as well as at least five SWPL matches. From 2024/25, up to 60” of the Premier League will be broadcast on Sky Sports, in addition to the SWPL.

Sky Sports News – Working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Scottish football fans can enjoy Sky Sports News’ (channel 409) editorial coverage of the Premier League and SWPL all season long.

Sky Sports Digital – Follow the latest Scottish football news across the SkySports.com website and app, including exclusive features and interviews, plus dedicated live blog coverage, in-game clips from live matches on Sky Sports and free highlights.

Sky Sports Social – Along with coverage and visibility of the league across all of Sky Sports’ major social media channels is the dedicated Twitter channel @ScotlandSky It will remain the home of all Scottish football content on Sky Sports.

Highlights – Tune in for a customized round-up of the Premier League every week on Sky Sports Football.

To download the Sky Sports application click here, to visit the Sky Sports website click here.

Sky Sports is the home of domestic football in the UK and Ireland, with competitions from the Scottish Premier League, Scottish Women’s Premier League, Premier League, WSL, EFL and more.

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