The Scottish Football Partnership Trust and the Crerar Hotels Trust have teamed up to support the provision of new goalposts for seven grassroots community football clubs in the North of Scotland.
One of the first clubs to receive a set of Fun four goalposts is Mearns Youth F.C who are a Scottish F.A. Quality Mark accredited club based in Laurencekirk. This type of initiative is key to the development of football in Scotland as it supports the youngest age groups of kids who are just starting out their journey in the game.
Established in 2015, Mearns Youth F.C. presently has two age groups (2005 and 2006) participating in 7 a-side matches within the Dundee & District Youth Football Association, with their 2005 squad due to transition to 11 a-side games in August of this year. Whilst the club has recently established a further two age groups (2007 and 2008) currently registered as soccer schools, the aim of the Club is to provide a safe environment in which to encourage and promote the development of grassroots football within the Howe o’ the Mearns area, ensuring fair play and participation for all.
Steven Robertson from the club had this to say about the funding received “As the Club continues on its development journey, the support of the SFP Trust and Crerar Hotels is invaluable to ourselves at grassroots level, with the donation of 4v4 samba goals allowing us to improve, enhance and develop the overall player experience across each and every one of our age groups, whilst also encouraging their love and passion for the game through mini-games and associated skills training. Without such support, it would obviously take the Club longer to achieve its aspirations, and we are extremely grateful to everyone at the SFP Trust and Crerar Hotels for their support and kind generosity.”
Paddy Crerar, Chairman of the Crerar Hotels Trust and Chief Executive of Crerar Hotels commented;
“We are delighted to have made this award to The SFP Trust and look forward to hearing how this funding impacts their works. Crerar Hotels is committed to giving back to the local community to help it grow and thrive and provide opportunities that may otherwise seem out of reach. For every stay our customers have with us they are supporting others who really need it. It is great for our folk in the hotels to see their hard work and efforts helping people in their own communities as well as those from throughout the whole of Scotland and Yorkshire.”