The purpose of The Scottish Football Partnership’s Growing the Game Award is to assist Scottish FA Quality Mark clubs add one new team to their playing membership. The funding provided assists with the start-up cost of a new team and is delivered in conjunction with the Regional Football Development staff. This ambitious pilot project aims to create 60 new Grassroots teams during the 2014/15 season.
Stirling Albion Junior Academy (Central)
2007 age group
23 new players created
5 –v- 5 and 7 -v- 7 format of the game
On receiving the award, Sharon Grant from the club said “With the support which Stirling Albion Junior Academy received from the Growing the Game fund, we have been able to increase our existing 2007s squad by creating an additional team – the Whites. We have also been able to create a 2008s squad who play as three teams – Reds, Whites & Blacks. Creating these new teams has brought 23 new players and 5 new coaches into our Academy. As the teams progress to 5-a-side, then 7s and eventually 11s we will be able to increase our numbers further and the total number of children (and adults) that have benefited from the creation of these teams will be even larger. Primarily we used the money to cover the cost of registering the teams with the SYFA and FVFDA, but we also purchased basic training equipment, first aid kits and coaches tracksuits.”