Kennoway Star Hearts F.C. from the Scottish FA East Region were grateful to be awarded £500 from The SFP Trust’s 2018 Club Development Grant scheme. The initiative, funded by the SFP Trust in partnership with The Kilpatrick Fraser Charitable Trust and The Clydesdale Bank 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 girls club, based in the Kennoway area of Fife opted to use their funding to create and set-up a new girls team for youngsters aged between 6 and 9 years of age. Calum Doctor, Secretary of Kennoway Star Hearts U-16s said “At this time, we currently operate one team with the structure now in place to add more in the coming year. We have 12 girls and 4 registered coaches and used our grant to help purchase new kit such as rain jackets, hats & training tops, footballs, Coaching certificates and bibs, as the girls had previously been using old “hand me downs” from older boys’ teams. Now with the grant, the girls can stand on their own and we also have the “tools” in place for more girls coming on board. Without the grant, the team would have struggled to get started. The kit that was purchased makes them look “professional” and has encouraged more participants to come along when they see the girls all kitted out. On behalf of Kennoway Star Hearts, we would like to thank The SFP Trust for awarding our club this £500 grant.”