ST MIRREN’S Women’s team embark on an exciting journey this Sunday.

The new team, which was launched back in November, have their first SWFL Division 2 West League fixture on Sunday, hosting Ayr United.

After a busy two and a half months, Kate Cooper’s side will begin their journey into the unknown as they begin in life in the lowest tier.

And the new Saints boss is optimistic, if her new side can hit the ground running.

She said: “I would like to see us promoted.

“The challenge for us is how quickly we can get them in to gel, and even though we’ve decided to bring them in in November we’ve only been training three or four weeks.

“They’re a great bunch and I think if we can genuinely organised.

“It is a challenge as the league is starting quickly, if we can get them understanding each other, the fitness levels and how they can cope with that.

“It’s exciting, to think that even if I stay here two, three or five years to watch the progress and to bring people in that will actually change other peoples lives it gives you something money cant buy.”

That long-term vision that was key to bringing Cooper to the club, having worked previously as the head coach at Glasgow City, Hibernian and Kilmarnock.

And it’s that off the field professionalism she is targetting from the get go.

Cooper has brought in fitness coach, a sports therapist as well as several other first team coaches.

The players have access to the Pro Life gym in Paisley, with regular strength and conditioning sessions for the players.

She added: “Gayle [Brannigan] has been great with us, we’ve got a place to bring the players and increase their ability and fitness quite quickly.

“If we can get them fitter, looking after themselves and eating properly, resting properly.

“Their expertise they’re getting here is second to none and I can work with the players on a regular basis.

“It’s a lot more than just the 90 minutes on the Sunday. We want to create an environment for them where they perform really well, rather than on results.

“We want them to question how they become better players, if they challenge themselves it can affect their outside lives as well.

“We have to think about where we want to be in five years’ time.

“Whether I’m here or not in five years time is really irrelevant, it’s actually how you set it up so that someone in behind you can continue that job for you and they’ve got the set up to do that.

“That’s why I’ve started the way I’ve started, the team we need off the pitch as well as on it.

“We want to create that philosophy we want to build here. Some will buy into it, some won’t, that’s the way these things go, but we are really inclusive and we want to keep everyone actively involved.”

Cooper has said the Buddies have been hugely supportive over their move, with SMiSA helping out with their funding for kits and running the club, to chief executive Tony Fitzpatrick.

And that desire from the Paisley community and in and around the club was why Kate wanted to take on the job.

And she hopes to introduce more initiatives to help bring supporters down at games, such as providing a better experience for matchday mascots.

She said: “What we’re going to do in our home games is that mascots will get to come in and they’ll be a player for the day.

“They get to come into the changing room, do the warm up, normally a mascot’s experience is they’re given given a strip, hold the players hand and it’s the first time they’ve met them.

“We want to give them an ambition that they can be that person in the changing room and once they see if they can’t undo it.

“We’re a much more family orientated sport and that we need to be more accessible for people.”

The club’s first game against Ayr United takes place at the Ralston Community Sports Centre on Sunday, with kick-off at 3.15pm.

If you are interested in sponsoring the club, please contact Kate Cooper via her Twitter page.

The club are also looking for anyone to donate money to the club, for more details on their justgiving page visit their twitter page @stmirrenwfc.