Blackburn United were delighted to receive funding of £500 from the SFP Trust’s Club Development Grant scheme which they utilised to purchase football strips for their new 2011 age-group. 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.
Blackburn United from The Scottish FA South East region offers football to local youngsters and thanks to the efforts and dedication of their coaches and volunteers, they currently have over 260 boys and girls playing across various different age-groups from fun-fours all the way through to full 11-a-side matches. On receiving the award, Brian Smillie from the club commented “Blackburn United received a Club Development Grant of £500 which went towards providing kit for the new 2011 age group. The kids were able to go and compete at Fun Fours sporting their new club kit which made them feel part of a team, but overall made them fit in with the other teams. The kids not only wear their kit with pride, they represent the club with pride and we would like to thank The SFP Trust in partnership with the Kilpatrick Fraser Charitable Trust and Clydesdale Bank for this award.”