BBC Alba will continue broadcasting Scotland Women’s 6 Nations matches in 2020

Free-to-air Gaelic-language channel has unveiled a schedule which also includes football, shinty and curling, as part of drive to become 'the home of Scottish women's sport'

Scotland flanker Rachel McLachlan joined Kirsty Deans (Shinty), Nicola Docherty (Football) and Eve Muirhead (Curling) to help launch BBC ALBA's schedule of women's sport coverage. Image: ©Lesley Martin

BBC ALBA have announced that they will once again broadcast Scotland Women’s Six Nations matches, as well as an Autumn Test international, next season. The free-to-air, Scottish Gaelic-language channel covered the team during the last Six Nations campaign and has decided to carry on the relationship as part of its drive to become ‘the home of Scottish women’s sport’.

Discussions are also underway on the prospect of covering key domestic rugby fixtures. Women’s football, shinty and curling will also be shown on the channel.

“As the home of Scottish women’s sport, BBC ALBA offers a platform that raises awareness and exposure not only to the individual sports but also to the Gaelic language,” said Iseabail Mactaggart, Director of Strategy and Partnerships at MG ALBA, which operates BBC ALBA in partnership with the BBC.

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“We’re privileged to be a broadcast partner in women’s football, rugby, shinty and curling – and we’re committed to working as hard as we can with all of our partners to raise the profile of the games, encourage participation and attendance, as well as growing our TV audience and through that, opening the door to Gaelic.”

Scotland Women cap Rachel McLachlan welcomed the news. “It is great that BBC ALBA will be covering some of our upcoming matches,” she said. “I know that the whole squad love the fact that we can inspire girls all across the country, regardless of if they can attend the match in person.”

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David has worked as a freelance rugby journalist since 2004 covering every level of the game in Scotland for publications including The Herald/Sunday Herald, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday/Evening News, The Daily Record, The Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday and The Sun.

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  1. This is good news. And its great that Women’s sport is getting a platform.

    How the advancement of Gaelic medium programming is advanced by sports is a mystery. Almost as if they are playing the viewer numbers game no matter what.

    And I seem to recall a big announcement from the SRU regarding televising Super 6. “The BBC Sport Scotland website averages 2.5million views a week with regular peaks of over 3 million.” You will more no mention of specific pages views for the rugby section or how many clips are watched.

    So we are in for a fascinating viewer contest between the two platforms.

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