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Scottish Football Association

2017 - 2020 Grant Offer


2017 - 2020 Young People Target


Title of Project – ‘My Community’ CashBack Project

Theme – Sport for Change

Target Group – Young people disadvantaged by: –

  • Living in areas of deprivation; and
  • Being unemployed, not in education or training; and
  • Being excluded, or at risk of exclusion from school; and
  • Being at risk of being involved in antisocial behaviour, offending/re-offending

Age range : 10 to 24 years

Number of Young People the project expects to work with : 4,518

Summary of Project

Consists of 3 specific strands – My School of Football; My Volunteer and Inspire; and My Inclusive Community programmes.

My School of Football (2,088 young people) is an attainment and aspirational programme aimed at individuals who are at high risk of exclusion, have behavioural issues or are potential offenders. It works to support pupils aged 12-14 in a key stage in their transition from primary to secondary school and beyond. The selection of participants comes from a collaboration between teachers and football development staff. The initiative provides a Curriculum for Excellence focused programme of football coaching, aimed towards developing cognitive and social skills as well as completing an SQA accredited Dynamic Youth Award over the first two years of the participants’ secondary school life. Schools to be involved in the programme are selected based upon those in areas of multiple deprivation. The Scottish FA will develop the ‘Girls only’ School of Football pilot with has run in Lornshill Academy, by creating 12 Girls only ‘Schools of’, rising to 16 in year 3 of the programme which is designed to develop self-confidence, and social skills as well as addressing other gender issues. Remaining multi gender Schools of Football will total 20 in year 1, increasing to 26 by year 3 of the programme.

My Volunteer & Inspire Project (VIP) (540 young people) will recruit young people aged between 16 and 24 from schools, community groups, clubs and existing youth development projects. VIP will place 180 participants per year in an individually developed learning pathway. This will include attending coaching courses, improving administration skills, learning about use of social media, fundraising, physiotherapy and governance skills. Each programme will be planned over the course of 12 months based on the skill sets and interests of participants. This will involve the Scottish FA working closely with their network of stakeholders including Local Authority community programmes, professional league clubs and the School of Football programme. After 12 months, each volunteer will have achieved qualifications relative to their desired pathway, gaining practical work experience and engaging in activities in the community which will enable them to share their new skills and knowledge with others.

My Inclusive Community (1,890 young people) reflects the fact that young people born into an ethnic minority household are nearly twice as likely to be experiencing poverty in areas of multiple deprivation. This project will target 10-24 year olds in areas of multiple deprivation in the Glasgow and Edinburgh areas with the bespoke opportunities to take part in sport and integrate with the community. This involves the creation of a network of 20 participation centres in these deprived communities, providing access to 50 coach education courses per year, 3 mentoring programmes and 30 equalities awareness workshops.

Communities within Local Authorities that project will be delivered

  • Edinburgh Craigmillar, Muirhouse, Gracemount, Burdiehouse, Broomhouse, Duddingston, Greendykes, Niddrie
  • Glasgow – Govan, Bridgeton, Barmulloch, Braidfauld, Laurieston and Tradeston, Glasgow Harbour and Partick South, Govanhill West, Drumoyne and Shieldhall, Parkhead West and Barrowfield
  • Aberdeen – Torry, St Machar,
  • Dundee – Craigie, Downfield, Stobswell
  • North Ayrshire – Saltcoats, Irvine, Stevenston North West
  • Inverclyde – Port Glasgow,
  • North Lanarkshire – Forgewood, Craigneuk Wishaw
  • Renfrewshire – Castlehead,
  • Fife – Methil
  • South Lanarkshire – Blantyre