Pollok United F.C. were recently granted an award of £500 from The SFP Trust’s 2019 Club Development Grant scheme. The initiative, funded by the SFP Trust in partnership with The Kilpatrick Fraser Charitable Trust, 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 community club opted to use their grant to purchase training equipment for their mini-kickers and to support 10 new and existing football coaches gain their Scottish FA Level 1.1 Children’s pathway qualifications. This will assist them to develop their coaching techniques and gain vital skills. The club are currently in the process of organising one to one sessions with all their teams and coaches with the aim of encouraging coaches to take up training opportunities and progress on the training pathway. Andy Elliott, Development Officer at Pollok United SCIO said “Many thanks to The SFP Trust and The Kilpatrick Fraser Charitable Trust for this award. Our new mini-kickers group will greatly benefit from this grant which will allow us to purchase new footballs, bibs and goals. Plans are in place for 10 of our volunteer coaches to attend coaching courses and this will ensure that our young players have experienced and qualified coaches on hand to guide them on their football journey.”