Last July, a group of our FBB Schools youth participants travelled to Scotland on a football tour which was kindly facilitated by our good friends at the Scottish Football Partnership. It was the first time many of our young participants had left England and it was an extremely formative experience for them. From getting a special pitch-side tour of the iconic Hampden Park stadium to playing against teams at St. Mirren and Queen’s Park, they were made to feel as though they were young football professionals for the week.
As we near the end of another school year, FBB founder Jasper Kain has fond memories of last year’s tour and is excited about yet another tour this year: “We were blown away by the hospitality and professionalism of the Scottish Football Partnership. The experience will live long in the memory of our young participants, and we are delighted that we will be taking another group of participants from some of London’s most underprivileged communities on a tour hosted by the Scottish Football Partnership this Summer.”
We caught up with Stuart McCaffrey, Chief Operating Officer at the Scottish Football Partnership, who updated us on developments at the SFP this year: “It has been another busy funding year for the Scottish Football Partnership (SFP) as we continue to support football across every level in Scotland. With the addition of our new charity the SFP Trust we have been able to further strengthen our commitment to the grassroots level of the game as we believe by providing support for the development of sport with a particular focus on football, we can increase participation in physical activity, make improvements in health and wellbeing and create greater social and community inclusion for children and adults alike. As we look ahead to the start of our new Community Initiative, which will see an investment of £420,000 made available to our professional clubs to deliver community engagement projects, we recognise that football can, when used positively, break down barriers and tackle some of the most difficult challenges facing people in modern society. To this end, we are excited about continuing to work in partnership with Football Beyond Borders, another like minded organisation who believe in the power of football. Following on from the success of the FBB tour last summer we are looking forward to welcoming our friends from London to Scotland at the start of August for another action packed trip.”
You can find out more about the SFP by reading their latest Annual Newsletter here.
You can also watch the short film below about last years’ FBB summer tour to Scotland on ourYouTube channel FBB TV
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