Community Football Clubs are set to benefit from a new Scottish FA project, funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.

The Scottish FA has been awarded £196,600 as part of a new package of Big Lottery Fund grants across the country, totalling £7.1 million.

The ‘Growing Community Assets’ funding will use football as a vehicle to drive positive impacts on local communities. The Development Phase Grant will help to develop our strategic plans and capability in this growing area by enabling clubs across Scotland to become sustainable ‘Community Assets’ with better connections to their local communities.

It will assist the Scottish FA to increase the range of support we can provide to empower and develop ambitious clubs to broaden the work they deliver in the community, ultimately helping to grow the game as well as expanding the benefit that football can have in changing the lives of people that need it most.

The Scottish FA will aim to work with pilot clubs that will be selected to help shape the ambitious project, with in-depth research and consultation used to create a model to continue the work across the country.

More information on the pilot scheme, and the roll-out of the project, will be released shortly.