Stewarton SPORTS Centre will be re-opened as the Rose Reilly Sports Centre in honour of the town’s footballing superstar on Saturday, March 21.

Voted the world’s best female footballer in 1983, Rose is currently one of only 14 football players and managers in the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame.

She is a World Cup winner and trailblazer for women’s football who made the 2020 New Year’s Honours List. Now retired, Rose will receive her MBE this Summer for her services to women’s football.

Rose will officially open the centre and there will be a whole range of fun activities for all the family to take part in including bubble football, multi sports, trampolining and fitness classes.

Rose said: “I gave away all my medals and trophies during my playing career but having my local sports centre named after me is my legacy. I am proud for my wee village – and I am so proud of the honour.

“I look forward to seeing the upcoming female footballers as well as aspiring sportsmen and women of the future using the centre.”

The centre will look at Rose’s career highlights – from her beginnings, playing as ‘Ross’ for local boys club Stewarton United at aged seven to playing for AC Milan.

Councillor Elena Whitham, Deputy Leader of East Ayrshire Council and Chair of East Ayrshire Leisure, said: “Rose Reilly is an Ayrshire footballing hero and it is very fitting that the centre will be renamed in her honour in her hometown of Stewarton.

“We hope that this will become a real hub for local clubs and the community to come together to encourage and nurture local talent as well as enjoying the range of activities that take place every week.”