Our 2022 Club Development initiative was launched in March this year thanks once again to funding from our long-standing partner, The Kilpatrick Fraser Charitable Trust. The SFP Trust is committed to supporting and promoting inclusive football participation at grassroots level throughout Scotland and this initiative aims to invest in the development and growth of 60 Scottish FA Quality Mark Clubs, with a focus on increasing and enhancing participation opportunities for players and the continued development of volunteers.
Campbeltown and District Juvenile Football Association, a Bronze Level Quality Mark Club within the Scottish FA West region are the latest organisation to benefit from the scheme. Like so many grassroots clubs, it is run solely by volunteers, as a non-profit making venture and is by far the largest youth organisation in Kintyre. Over the years, membership of the club has spread from youngsters from outside of Campbeltown to areas as far as Mid Argyll. They currently have just over 350 players made up of 11 age groups, and this year saw the formation of Campbeltown and District Juvenile Youth Girls teams covering age-groups at U15, U13 and U9 providing football for over 70 girls.
The club opted to use their £500 grant from this initiative to ensure they had adequate cover of first aiders at all their activities, benefitting the club’s 350 players. Claire Mitchell from the club commented “Thank you once again to both the SFP Trust and the Kilpatrick Fraser Charitable Trust for this very generous donation. We have managed to send 7 of our coaches on a First Aid course using your grant and a further 3 are booked for a later date. This is a massive support for our club and we are most grateful.”