Claremont AFC, a legacy club from the Scottish FA South West region based in East Kilbride were delighted to receive funding of £500 from the SFP Trust’s Club Development Grant scheme. The initiative was developed to assist grassroots clubs in three specific areas – to increase participation by adding a new team to a club’s existing membership; to improve, enhance and sustain existing team activity through the purchase of new training equipment and/or funding First Aid training for coaches or thirdly to support Coach Education.
This fantastic grassroots club has over 40 coaches offering football to 250 players at various age-levels from their Babes Academy to fun fours, 7-a-side, youth, amateur, disability and over 35s. The club decided to utilise their grant towards replenishing kit and equipment for their Babes Academy. The academy, which is overseen by three coaches, brings in new players to the club from the age of four years old and then puts a team forward each year to join the fun fours. Harry Beattie, the club’s Chairman thanked the SFP Trust in partnership with The Kilpatrick Fraser Charitable Trust and Clydesdale Bank for the award and commented “We are most grateful for this grant which has been well used at our grassroots level, replenishing kit after the last new team started out at fun-fours & renewing equipment for the Babes Academy. We continue our successful run of entering a team each year whilst bringing new youngsters into the club system.”