The SFP has made an award to Coldstream F.C. to help the club with the costs of erecting a new spectator enclosure at Home Park. The project which has now been successfully completed will go some way to assisting the club achieve a Scottish F.A. National Club Licence.
Gerald Tait from Coldstream Football Club said;
“The club is working towards attaining a Scottish F.A. National Club Licence at Entry Level and hopefully we will be able to achieve this early in the New Year.”
“Scottish F.A. Licensing introduced radical changes for most Scottish football clubs and here in Coldstream we queried the need for the substantial investment required. In our town, where we play on a public park, progress initially presented us with a huge problem in terms of planning approval, funding and project management.”
“Our early concerns have been completely reversed. We have a defined football ground, robust and visible policies, a better pavilion, a better spectator experience, more qualified coaches (coaching and first-aid), greater certainty over the tenure of our football ground and a more professionally-focused football committee. The Scottish Football Partnership, who awarded the club a grant of £20,000, has been of huge assistance. It’s not just been the level of the award, the sound advice from Stuart McCaffrey, the SFP Secretary, together with his encouragement, the pragmatic means of improving the football infrastructure and the easy-to-complete grant application form, has helped greatly. There was also advice on possible contractors for our new grandstand which led to a successful conclusion and the building has become very popular with our spectators.”
” Of course, others have helped too, like Derek Hunter and Brian Mann at the Scottish F.A. and other grant-funding bodies.”
“On behalf of my Committee, can I sincerely thank the Scottish Football Partnership for the grant, advice and support in helping the club through a difficult period, but one which we have survived as a much stronger club with greatly enhanced facilities. The future looks bright, with the tangible help of The Scottish Football Partnership.”