Football for All launched by SPFL Trust
Written By Isabelle Salter
Families are set to benefit from a new scheme which provides free tickets to SPFL matches, it has been announced today (16 August).
The Football for All campaign is a pilot partnership between the SPFL Trust, Family Fund and currently 8 SPFL football clubs: Clyde FC, Cowdenbeath FC, Dumbarton FC, East Fife FC, Livingston FC, Partick Thistle FC, St Johnstone FC and Stenhousemuir FC.
Family Fund is the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people. Last year, they provided support to 6,233 families in Scotland. Such grants help support low-income and vulnerable families.
Following a robust application process grants are awarded for wide range of items, such as washing machines, sensory toys, family breaks, bedding, tablets, furniture, outdoor play equipment, clothing and computers.
Through Football for All, the tickets, which work on a first-come, first-served basis will be available to all families who have received support from Family Fund from January 2018.
SPFL Trust Chief Executive Nicky Reid comments, “We understand that families supported by Family Fund face enormous financial, emotional and physical challenges. Our Football For All project allows a simple gesture to go a long way, removing a barrier that will allow families who are facing significant difficulties the chance to attend games and enjoy a great experience.”
Salena Begley MBE, Scotland Partnership Development Manager at Family Fund, said, “We are very pleased and excited to be working with SPFL Trust and 8 SPFL clubs to launch Football for All. At Family Fund, we support families all over Scotland who are raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people, who face daily pressures on their time and their finances.
“We know from talking with families that chances to go out together or have a break from caring can be very limited, often due to the costs involved, so would like to thank each of the clubs for providing free tickets to families throughout the season, and giving them the same opportunity as others to see a football match in person.
“We hope that this scheme creates some new fans and look forward to hearing some great stories about these families experiencing live football matches.”
For more information, or to find out how to apply for free tickets, please visit the Family Fund website: www.familyfund.org.uk/footballforall