The Scottish FA were delighted to host a ‘Football & Funding’ information day for over 120 key stakeholders across the game with regards to the Development of ‘Community Football Clubs’ last Thursday (20 April).

The purpose of the day was to invite key funders to come and speak to clubs from all parts of the pathway relating to funding, key terminology, effective engagement with communities and ensuring clubs are best placed to make applications in the future.

There were a number of funding agencies who kindly delivered on the day including:

Big Lottery Fund Scotland 

The Robertson Trust 

Social Investment Scotland 

Scottish Football Partnership 

Scottish Land Fund 

Participatory Budgeting

Community Shares Scotland 

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations 

The attendees were also the first in the country to be issued with a copy of the Scottish FA’s guide to Community Asset Transfers which is aimed at clubs across Scotland who are either considering or in the process of negotiating a change in the way they manage and secure facilities in their local community.

The purpose of this guide is to provide advice and practical examples to clubs that are considering this approach and help consider the ‘why’ and ‘are we ready’?

Those clubs which are best placed to deliver a sustainable project will consider the type of asset they need, the type of tenure, and how to best to engage with their local community.

Danny Bisland Scottish FA Project Manager – Community Football Clubs said: “We were absolutely delighted that so many clubs and partner agencies were able to attend the football & funding event, and I hope that all clubs left with an improved knowledge on funding opportunities, community engagement and with new ideas on how to best develop their club in order to fulfil their potential.

“Finally, I am pleased we are able to provide clubs with the Scottish FA guide to Community Asset Transfers which we have created in partnership with Community Ownership Support Service (COSS) and sportscotland. 

“This document should provide clubs with an overview of asset transfer, club development and community engagement. I would stress that any club considering this route should reach out to our Regional Staff and organisations such as COSS to receive advice and guidance on the next best steps.”

The Scottish FA Community Asset Transfer Guide