Scottish Football Association's Football For All campaign to increase funding for grassroots game by more than £1.5 million
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Grassroots football in Scotland is set to receive a welcome shot in the arm thanks to the Scottish FA’s new Football for All campaign, which will inject more than £1.5 million of funding into the national game.
Thanks to investment from the Scottish FA, the Scottish Government and FIFA, along with support from sportscotland and UEFA, the funding made available will support hundreds of grassroots clubs across Scotland and help thousands of players return to the pitch.
Following the challenge of the past year, registered players have dropped by 20 per cent in Scotland, while clubs have identified other key areas impacted as a result of the pandemic – including finance, facilities and volunteer workforce.
With revised Scottish Government restrictions allowing a greater return of football activity from today, the Football for All campaign strives to support our national game at this crucial juncture and kick-start a summer of football across the country.
Clubs can now apply for funding in two areas – the grassroots club recovery fund, or the girls' and women's recovery fund.
Scottish FA Chief Football Officer Andy Gould: “After facing many challenges throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, now is a vital time to support the grassroots game as Government restrictions ease and allow an increase in football activity.
“We are grateful for the support from Scottish Government, FIFA, UEFA and sportscotland who have bolstered the funds made available by the Scottish FA to ensure more than £1.5 million is available for clubs and people at the heart of our national game.
“I recognise the many challenges facing the grassroots game, and the Football for All funding will be a huge boost to our concerted efforts to get people playing the national sport again.
“The funding presents a wonderful opportunity to kick-start the game, and it is crucial that we continue to work with key stakeholders to further ensure that grassroots football can flourish once more.”