Introducing the SPFL Trust

We are an independent registered charity associated with the Scottish Professional Football League.

We work in partnership with Scotland’s 42 professional clubs and external agencies to promote, support, fund and administer activities which inspire SPFL clubs to help meet the identified social needs of the people of Scotland.

Our purpose is to use football’s unique presence to assist Scotland’s people to achieve their goals and improve their life chances.

Our vision is to work with SPFL clubs to use the unique power of football to engage with communities.

Click to download a copy of the SPFL Trust Five Year Plan 2016 to 2021

There are a number of ways The SPFL Trust can work in partnership with your organization to help make a positive difference to the local community you serve.

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Charity number: SC041121

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Meet Our Team

Nicky Reid - Chief Executive

I first started with the SPFL Trust in November 2013 after seven years at Falkirk Football Club and Falkirk Football Community Foundation.

To this day I am not quite sure how I ended up having a career in the world of football, but I love it. I started off in the direct delivery of projects that use football to engage with those who may be struggling for whatever reason and love seeing the journey that participants take.

My colleagues would say I am a hardworking, enthusiastic multi-tasker. My friends would say I am bubbly, friendly and patient.

Derek Allison - Operations Manager

I have had a varied career working in many different, challenging and rewarding jobs.

I started out in the Royal Navy before joining the Scottish Police service which was a career that spanned some 25 years. During my time in the Police I worked in three different Police services in two countries. My career started off in Glasgow with the then Strathclyde Police. I then moved to London to work in the Metropolitan Police Service before eventually retiring from the Police whilst serving in Grampian Police.

After taking a short retirement, I started employment with Central Scotland Regional Equality council as their General Manager. I was there for a year, when the lure of working in football brought me to work with the SPFL Trust a decision that have not regretted. My colleagues would say I am a “typical” policeman but I would say that given there is no evidence to substantiate that, I would have to disagree.

Fiona Taylor - Business Development Officer

I started working life on the Management Training Scheme with Jenners Department Store in Edinburgh.

Following the birth of my first son I took a career break when I saw a job advertised to work at Falkirk Football Club. Falkirk had just been promoted to the Premier League and I got my first taste of working in Scottish Football.

Following the birth of my third son I was looking for a change of career and now with three boys my philosophy is if you can’t beat them join them. They are all football daft and what better way to start your working day than walking up the steps to Hampden!

Craig Joyce - FFIT Development Officer

I’ve been very fortunate to be involved in Football for the most part of 25 years in a number of roles - fan, player, coach & employee. To have the opportunity to continue to contribute to the game over this period of time and now work with the SPFL Trust means the world to me. It also goes hand in hand with two of my passions; Football & People.

I had previously worked with the Scottish FA in the West Region for 8 years and enjoyed my time there, having the opportunity to get to know & work with so many fantastic people who want to develop the game and the people who are involved in it.

Football is a beautiful game, it is also a very powerful tool if we use it in the right way.

Andrew McGilveray - Administrator

When I joined the SPFL Trust in 2016 as an 18 year old I only could've imagined what lay ahead for me.

Hampden has always been a place of mixed fortunes for me, I’ve seen lows such as losing the league cup final to Kilmarnock in 2012 (my first cup final!) so I am relieved that this stadium now holds better memories for me!

Working at a place with as much heritage as Hampden is immense and getting to work with some fantastic people makes the job all the better. To get to meet some of my idols growing up and also walk on the Hampden pitch is something I never thought I would get to do and has developed me more than I ever thought possible.

Caroline Farquhar - Networking and Partnership Officer (Angus and Tayside)

Having started my career working in a bank I’ve swapped figures for football and I can’t actually believe I get to call Hampden my head office.

Living in the Central belt for 18 years, I re-trained, developed and ran a health and wellbeing project for schools, then re-located back to Brechin where I worked for care providers supporting vulnerable members of the community to access support, activities and services this saw me going out on secondment as a Mental Health Community Partner with the DWP covering the North of Scotland.

My youngest son eats, sleeps and plays football so my life really does revolve around football and this job gets me cool Mum points too!

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