The Scottish FA has announced its latest charity partnership, which will see the association link up with Scottish children’s charity Children 1st.

Officially launched today, the two parties will work together to encourage physical and mental health and wellbeing through the power of football.

Children from Granton Primary School in Edinburgh, one of Children 1st's partner schools, were on hand at Oriam earlier this week to meet members of the Scotland men’s A squad, as the team prepared for their upcoming fixtures against Israel and Portugal.

The partnership will see the Scottish FA work in support of Children 1st’s goal to double the number of families with which they work by 2023, with the charity providing financial advice, family support and assistance in recovering from trauma amongst their services.

Scottish FA Chief Executive Ian Maxwell welcomed the partnership, saying:

“Children 1st’s work in ensuring Scotland’s children and families enjoy the best start possible is to be applauded, and we are delighted to enter into this charity partnership with them.”

Chief executive of Children 1st Mary Glasgow was also enthusiastic about working with the Scottish FA.

“Football can be an incredible force for good,” she said.

“Going to a big game, playing in the local team or having a kick about in the park can build children’s confidence, strengthen their relationships and boost their wellbeing – all of which makes a positive difference if a child faces tough times.

“By bringing the nation’s favourite sport together with Scotland’s national children’s charity, we can help thousands more children and families across the country. We’re delighted to be working with the Scottish FA to raise awareness, understanding and support from across the footballing community so that children are happier, safer and can make the most of their lives.”

For more information on Children 1st, including how to donate to their Give A Child Their Smile Back campaign, please visit