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SPFL Trust

2023 - 2026 Grant Offer


2023 - 2026 Young People Target


Project name: CashBack Off The Bench

Age range: 18 – 25 years

Number of Young People Project expects to work with: 180

CashBack Off the Bench (OTB) is a life skills programme for young people aged 16-25. Using the unique power of professional football to engage those hardest to reach, this 8-week programme is delivered 3 days per week, on site, at 5 clubs. OTB will:

  • Improve wellbeing, decision making and resilience
  • Provide positive role models
  • Increase employability and sense of achievement
  • Increase self-esteem, confidence and self-worth providing a sense of place and community.

Sessions are spilt between class work & physical activity. Kit will be provided, along with breakfast for those who need it, then later, lunch for all. Participants will complete SQA qualifications, Sports Leader Award, SFA coaching badges, and Saltire Volunteering Award, and will design and deliver a community citizenship project. Fostering positive community relationships, local Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service officers will attend plain clothed, working with and empowering participants. Participants will come together at Hampden for workshops delivered by Fast Forward, Leap Scotland, SAMH and SRTRC, before taking part in a football tournament.

Over 3 years, 180 participants will be supported by their respective club coaches and additional mentoring sessions, moving further towards, or into, the labour market or other positive outcomes.

Areas where project will be delivered:

Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Inverclyde; North Lanarkshire; Renfrewshire

Children’s Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment

Please find a link here to SPFL Trust’s Children’s Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment (CRWIA) in respect of this CashBack for Communities project.