- Scottish Gas and the Scottish FA have teamed up to encourage positive energy at Scottish Gas Football Camps
- Scottish Gas has funded the provision 33 camps across Scotland this October half-term, engaging 800 children across 33 football camps nationwide
- Activity comes as study by OnePoll reveals 9 in 10 adults view sport as a great way for kids to develop key skills - including communication, teamwork and respect
- 82% of parents believe coaches can have a vital influence in their child's development
A nationwide survey has revealed that 9 in 10 Scottish adults view sport as a great way for children to develop key life skills, including communication, teamwork and respect.
The study of 1,000 Scottish adults, conducted by OnePoll, also found that 82% of parents believe that coaches can have a vital impact on their child’s development.
The research findings were released as Scottish Gas teamed up with the Scottish FA to encourage positive energy amongst children at Scottish Gas Football Camps across the nation.
Scottish Gas has funded the provision of 33 camps across Scotland this October half-term, enabling children from all socio-economic backgrounds free access to football during the school holidays.
Young players who display positive energy traits – including respect, fair play, teamwork, and positive communication have been rewarded with a string of amazing prizes, including tickets to Scottish Gas Scottish Cup fixtures across the 2023/24 season.
Former Scotland Men’s Team Captain Charlie Mulgrew, who took part in a Scottish Gas Football Camp coaching session at Drumchapel United FC, said: "Football has brought me a lot of happiness from an early age and taught me some really valuable life skills beyond the pitch.
“It’s great that we’re working with coaches, who can be hugely influential on a child’s development, to encourage and reward kids for displaying positive traits at holiday camps across Scotland.”
Meanwhile, the OnePoll study also found that 9 in 10 Scots believe a positive outlook is crucial to success in life and 85% believe exercising and playing sport positively impacts their day-to-day mood. An overwhelming 92% also said it was vital to be positive in front of young children, to help set a good example.
Chair of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross-Party Group on the Future of Football, Fulton MacGregor MSP added: “As the convenor of the Scottish Cross Party Group on the Future of Football in Scotland, I am acutely aware of how beneficial sport can be for our youth, both physically and mentally.
“The initiative launched by Scottish Gas and the Scottish FA to reward our young players who exhibit respect, fair play, teamwork, and positive communication is an excellent way to teach our future generations all the tenets of a positive attitude both on and off the field.”
Scottish Gas is committed to powering communities in Scotland through their partnership with Scottish FA and are encouraging children to display four positive energy traits at football camps across the country this October half term – including respect, fair play, teamwork, and positive communication.