The funding stream which has provided a football programme at secondary schools across Scotland is benefiting from a new initiative in the Scottish FA’s East Region.
CashBack for Communities – a Scottish Government programme which takes funds recovered from the proceeds of crime and invests them into free activities and programmes for young people across Scotland – has paid for 22 Scottish FA run Schools of Football.
The schools develop the social and academic skills of boys and girls during their first and second year of high school.
And now Central Scotland Police and Fife Constabulary are working together in the newest phase of the successful 'Made From Crime?' initiative.
It is designed to make full use of the Proceeds of Crime Act, specific legislation that allows officers to seize assets that have been purchased through criminal activity.
The campaign asks communities throughout the East of Scotland to report their suspicions via Crimestoppers about those making money illegally through crimes.
Kirkland High School in Fife - where the football programme operates – was the location for the launch of the initiative.
Donald Gillies, football development manager for the Scottish FA, said: “We are delighted to be part of the launch event.
“The 'Made in crime' initiative is what will provide the opportunities for young people to take part in initiatives such as the School of Football.
“School of Football is an academic and social development initiative designed to use daily football coaching to develop young boys and girls' concentration, communication and behaviour skill sets in order that they are better equipped to prosper in the classroom.
“The 'Made in crime' scheme can help increase the amount of schools we have and in turn give more young people this wonderful opportunity.”
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