The Scottish FA has invested more than £10m in our members in 2016 as part of the ongoing commitment to the strategic plan, Scotland United: A 2020 Vision.
Rewarding members for their delivery in the areas of Performance, Grassroots, Governance and Finance is a core part of the governing body’s distribution model to support the national game at all levels.
A total of £5.6m of revenue from the William Hill Scottish Cup has been distributed to participating clubs, accumulated from broadcasting, sponsorship and other proceeds.
Those members involved in the Club Academy Scotland, the youth performance programme, received an enhanced £2.8m investment from the Performance. More than £400k of that figure took the form of an additional payment for members who achieved goals in Measurable Performance Outcomes, which award points for reaching targets such as providing home-grown young players with first-team football.
A new Good Governance Grant of £400,000 will also allow members to implement training and development requirements in the non-professional game, particularly those related to the Scottish FA Board Directive on Child Wellbeing and Protection.
Club Licensing investment increased to £1.1m, double the figure for the regular annual award, while Affiliated National Associations who contributed strong quality growth towards the Scottish FA’s grassroots targets also received £300k in investment.
The Scottish Football Partnership (SFP), an independent organisation that aids Scottish football in grant funding projects, will also receive £250k in investment for facility improvements. The contribution will allow the SFP to receive applications from members for capital projects to assist in developing infrastructure and other related improvements.
Stewart Regan, Scottish FA Chief Executive, said: “Our investment in our members of an eight-figure sum in 2016 demonstrates our continuing commitment to developing Scottish football at all levels, underpinned by our strategic plan.
“Rewarding members for their success through additional investment recognises the excellent work they have put in this year, and will go some way to facilitating their continued success in the future.”