The Scottish Football Partnership Trust pictured here at Hampden Park today with a cheque for £100,000. Photo supplied by: Scottish Women’s Football.
An anonymous benefactor has donated a further £100,000 to The Scottish Football Partnership Trust (SFP Trust) in support of Scottish Women’s Football (SWF). This donation will help strengthen the infrastructure and capacity of SWF to drive forward the priorities of increasing commercial revenue, audience numbers and participants. A previous donation of £100,000 in July 2020 helped directly support SWF Championship clubs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The SFP Trust, established in 2014, is dedicated to supporting the grassroots level of the game in Scotland with funding opportunities for initiatives which assist in encouraging and sustaining greater participation in football.
This funding will be utilised directly by SWF to support the whole girls’ and women’s game. This includes the creation of a new Commercial role who will be responsible, alongside the Commercial Director, for attracting and activating new partnerships and sponsors for the game.
Scottish Women’s Football Chair, Vivienne MacLaren, said: “We are delighted to receive a further donation from this generous anonymous donor, and sincerely thank them for it. Their previous donation significantly helped SWF Championship clubs and I have no doubt, supported their sustainability ahead of the new 2021/22 season.
“This new award will help us strengthen the infrastructure and capacity of SWF which will support our members as we seek to increase commercial revenue and grow the numbers of those playing the game. This funding will help us to better support clubs and ensure more girls and women can enjoy football.
“I want to thank the donor and the Scottish Football Partnership Trust – by working together we are maximising the impact of this significant donation.”
James Clydesdale, chair of SFP Trust, said: “We are delighted to receive this donation and to have the capacity to invest further in Scottish Women’s Football. With an increased staff base, SWF can further develop and enhance participation opportunities in the game for girls’ and women across Scotland. This is a key area of interest for the SFP Trust”.