The SFP Trust’s 2023 Club Development initiative, which supports the development and growth of 60 Scottish FA Quality Mark clubs, is once again up and running thanks to generous funding received from our long-standing partner, the Kilpatrick Fraser Charitable Trust. As well as support from the SFP Trust, the Scottish FA also chose to invest in this project which is delivered in partnership with the SFA Regional staff.
Areas of support include developing and promoting inclusive participation for new teams with special consideration given to para football, opportunities for refugees and the provision of free “Come and Play” recreational activity as well as the development and growth of the girls and women’s game.
Buckie Ladies Football Development from the North region were one of the clubs selected to receive funding. The investment in the club helped with set-up costs for their new Under-14 girls team including new kit and equipment, with a portion of the funds used to subsidise membership fees for these young players. Laura Duncan, Club Secretary commented “This photograph shows some of our current Under-12s and Under-10s team. Next season both teams will be moving up an age group. We currently don’t have an U14 team so this will be exciting for the girls moving up to competitive matches. We can’t thank the SFP Trust and Kilpatrick Fraser Charitable Trust enough. This grant will be a huge benefit to the whole club as it will allow us to buy new kit and replace existing equipment that has seen better days. The cost to keep a football club running is expensive and grants like these help us maintain affordable football for girls and women of all ages.”