BBC Scotland launches Sunday evening SWPL highlights programme

A new weekly SWPL highlights programme will launch on the BBC Scotland channel this Sunday.

Hosted by Jane Lewis, the half-hour programme will be in addition to the live coverage of Hearts against Rangers on the website as the top flight returns after a four-month break.

The first programme goes out at 8:30pm and will feature highlights from all four SWPL games.

“This announcement is a significant step forward for the coverage of our game,” said Scottish Women’s Football chair Vivienne MacLaren.

“Having more people watching women’s football is a pillar of our objectives as an association and this is a considerable development.

“Alongside the live coverage being provided by BBC ALBA and BBC Sport Scotland, we’re able to provide the most comprehensive coverage of the league in its history. We now look forward to the season restarting and what will be a highly competitive conclusion.”

The broadcaster will also be continuing the live streaming service it began last year. This Sunday the Hearts v Rangers match will be live streamed on the BBC Scotland sport website and iPlayer.

And BBC ALBA will broadcast seven fixtures when the season restarts, beginning with Celtic against Glasgow City.

“We’re excited to show the best of the Scottish Women’s Premier League as it comes to a dramatic conclusion and this weekly highlights package further underlines our commitment,” said BBC Sport Scotland editor Tom Connor.

“It will complement the broad portfolio of football coverage for our audiences on television, radio and online.”