Ulster lawyer will play a key role in promoting women's soccer in Europe
A lawyer from east Belfast is taking up a senior position at the heart of women's football in Europe.
Anne McKeown, a partner in Thorton's Angus offices in Scotland, has been selected to represent the Scottish Football Association (SFA) on the Uefa Women's Football Committee.
The director of Arbroath Football Club will play a key role in promoting women's football and attracting more girls and women to become involved in the sport as players, referees, officials, volunteers and spectators
She also sits on the board of Scottish Women's Football and was one of eight SFA nominees recently selected for appointment by Uefa across a range of disciplinary bodies, committees and expert panels.
And Ms McKeown is one of six new appointments to the 17-strong Uefa Women's Football Committee, which includes representatives from countries as diverse as Iceland, Romania and Bosnia.
Over the next four years, Ms McKeown will be involved in decisions surrounding the coordination of Uefa and Fifa national team competitions and development schemes for women's football.
Her appointment comes after the success of this summer's Women's World Cup in Canada, which helped the women's game reach a worldwide audience.
Ms McKeown said: "With interest in women's football at an all-time high following the World Cup, it is a very exciting time to become involved in the game at a European level.
"With the standard of women's football improving significantly with every passing tournament, I think the future contains countless possibilities.
"I am relishing the opportunity to serve a committee dedicated to strengthening the grassroots base of women's football across Europe."
The committee is also responsible for selecting the host associations for the final round of the Uefa European Women's Championship, the Uefa European Women's Under-19 and Under-17 Championship.