The SFP Trust’s 2023 Club Development initiative has been up and running for several months now thanks to generous funding received from our long-standing partner, the Kilpatrick Fraser Charitable Trust. At the Trust, we are committed to promoting inclusive grassroots football participation and this initiative aims to support the development and growth of 60 Scottish FA Quality Mark Clubs.
As well as receiving support from the KFCT, the SFP Trust and The Scottish F.A. also invested sums in the initiative which is delivered in partnership with SFA Regional Staff. Areas of support include developing and promoting inclusive participation for new teams with special consideration given to para football, opportunities for refugees and the provision of free “Come and Play” recreational activity. Another area of particular support is the development and growth of the girls and women’s game.
Moray Girls F.C. from the North region were selected to receive funding to help grow their Under-10s section. Free taster sessions were introduced to attract new players, with the grant also helping to support new coach volunteers. Alison Leslie, Club Secretary thanked all concerned for supporting Moray Girls and commented “We’ve already started introducing some more girls to our U10s group. We welcomed 7 this week after some open sessions and hope to add more towards the end of the year. The grant has enabled us to offer free sessions to the girls and will also allow us to pay for coaching courses for the new volunteers. As a small charitable Club (now at 76 girls) it’s great to be able to continue to grow, so thank you for this investment in our club”
Pictured here are some of the new players with current coaches, Andy MacDonald and Darran Watson.