The Scottish FA today held their Annual General Meeting and published their Annual Review for 2017 at the National Stadium.

The Scottish FA’s Group Turnover for 2017 was confirmed to members, with £38.4 million generated, a 7.5% increase year-on-year – its second-ever highest posted. This enabled an eight-figure pay-out for clubs, with £10.4 million distributed across the country.

The payments support the growth of the game at all levels and are intended to reward member clubs for their dedication to core components of the Scottish FA’s strategy, including:

  • Development of home-grown elite players for club first teams and Scotland national teams;
  • Good governance;
  • Improvement of standards through club licensing;
  • Contributing to the achievement of “Strong Quality Growth” outlined within the Scottish FA’s strategic plan, Scotland United: A 2020 Vision.

All resolutions and proposals submitted at today’s General Meeting and AGM were also approved by the members, including: 

  • Scottish Para-Football has been accepted as a new Affiliated National Association. This organisation will empower individual para-football organisations to run their game according to their own wishes. Scottish Para-Football will include Amputee Football, Cerebral Palsy Football, Deaf Football, Frame Football, Learning Disability Football, Mental Health Football, Powerchair Football and Visual Impairment Football.
  • Ana Stewart was re-elected as an independent non-executive director.
  • Adoption of new Cup Competition rules to update and align them with revisions to the other Scottish FA regulations, protocol and procedures in recent seasons.

Ian Maxwell, Scottish FA Chief Executive: “I am incredibly proud to attend my first Scottish FA AGM as Chief Executive. Everyone in attendance today wants to see a vibrant and successful game and it was a privilege to be with the clubs to reflect on 2017 and look ahead to the some of the challenges that we are facing into.

Football for all is a mantra that is important to us. The members accepted Scottish Para-Football as a new Affiliated National Association which is an important step towards ensuring that football is a game that can be played by everyone. 

“I am also delighted to see the re-election of Ana Stewart to our Board of Directors. She, alongside the rest of the board, the hardworking staff and, of course, the clubs will help us to drive the game forward.”