SPFL Trust continues to help young people through funding from the government

12 May 2023

SPFL Trust continues to help young people through funding from the government

SPFL Trust’s pioneering programme which helps young people to power their potential, will return from 2023-2026 thanks to continued funding from the Scottish Government. 

CashBack Off the Bench allows young people aged 16-24 to focus on their personal development with access to education and physical and mental health support. SPFL Trust is one of 29 organisations that have received Phase 6 CashBack for Communities funding, which means they can continue delivery of the successful programme. 

The programme will resume later this year and SPFL Trust is set to welcome two new ATCs to the programme with Morton in the Community and Spartans Community Football Academy joining St Mirren FC Charitable Foundation, Motherwell FC Community Trust and The Falkirk Foundation. The addition of Spartans allows them to extend the programme to the women’s game, following their introduction to the SPFL, and they are looking forward to supporting them throughout the next three years.

“It is very welcome news that we will receive phase 6 CashBack for Communities funding, as we continue to focus on the role football can play in improving lives. CashBack Off the Bench uses the unique attraction of football to engage young people and support them to build positive futures. I have seen first hand the difference the programme can make. It really is inspiring to see. We’re delighted to introduce Morton and Spartans to the programme. Including Spartans as a delivery partner is a step towards developing even stronger connections with the women’s game, since its incorporation into the SPFL. We again look forward to playing our part in supporting  young people on their journeys.”

Nicky Reid, CEO at SPFL Trust

The programme has been transformational for previous participants, who have gained new skills, grown in confidence and made important connections. Sessions take place at each of the participating clubs, delivered by their associated Community Trusts. Young people work towards their SQA qualifications, and Scottish FA coaching badges, giving them the skills and qualifications to support their future ambitions. 


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