The Scottish Government is renewing its sponsorship of this year’s Scottish Communities League Cup, with funding support of £1.7 million.
And £500,000 of the money will come from the hugely successful Cashback for Communities programme – seizing ill-gotten gains from criminals and investing it to help young people.
First Minister Alex Salmond announced the government sponsorship for the 2012-13 season earlier today as he made the draw for the first round of the tournament at Stenhousemuir’s Ochilview Park. Part of the sponsorship funding will go towards getting more young people involved in sport and helping football league clubs become community sports hubs, to help more people take part in physical activity.
Tickets will also be made available to young people and their families in all rounds and matches of the Scottish Communities League Cup – including the semi-finals and final – with the cup being taken on a tour around Scotland promoting respect, responsibility and tolerance to young fans.
The funding is up 70 per cent on the amount available last year.
First Minister Alex Salmond said: “The Scottish Football League and our clubs carry out a great deal of valuable work in communities up and down the country.
“Part of the £1.7 million we’re investing in this year’s Scottish Communities League Cup will support the delivery of the tournament itself but a majority will go towards supporting football league clubs in villages, towns and cities across Scotland.
“Almost a third of that support – £500,000 – is coming from our Cashback for Communities programme, where ill-gotten gains are seized from criminals and the proceeds ploughed back into our communities for the benefit of young people.
“Cashback for Communities has already provided more than £12.5 million for football in Scotland and this extra money today is a clear sign of how highly we value the community work football clubs do.”