Securing positive futures

Funded by the Scottish Government’s CashBack scheme, Off the Bench works to provide our young people with an opportunity to access education, physical and mental health support to build better futures.  

Sessions take place at each of the participating Clubs and are delivered by their associated Community Trust. Young people work towards SQA qualifications and Scottish FA coaching badges.

This programme is supported by a network of partners to enable young people to build a better path, going forward. Our partners include Police ScotlandScottish Fire and Rescue Service,  Skills Development Scotland,  Progressive Pathway and other local organisations.

Hear from participants

"Even though I have got a criminal record they treat me like a normal person." - Mattthew, Heart of Midlothian.

CashBack off the Bench has been transformational for previous participants. They have to gained new skills, grown in confidence and made important connections.

After the 2021 programme 76% of young people found employment, and others moved to positive destinations.


United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)

The SPFL Trust are committed to ensuring that children’s rights are upheld and are wholly in support of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

On Tuesday 16th of January 2024, Royal assent was granted for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) Bill meaning it is now officially an Act. Most of its provisions will come into force on Tuesday 16th July 2024.

Every service within the NHS has a responsibility to uphold children’s rights, including services that don’t normally work directly with babies, children and young people and other services within NHS Boards.


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