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S5W-05559: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 14 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how it will ensure that funding from its Legacy Fund will continue to support schemes initiated by the Scottish Professional Football League Trust regarding (a) mental health, (b) obesity and (c) employability.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 12 January 2017

The SPFL Trust’s Legacy 2014 Supporting Communities Programme was supported in 2013-14 by £500,000 of Scottish Government funding and demonstrated the power of football to reach out to people and change lives. Whilst funding for the programme ended in March 2014, one of the key developments within the programme has been the establishment of a dedicated SPFL Trust website at from which people across Scotland can find out what is going on at a club in their community and how they can get involved. In addition we continue to work closely with the Trust and member clubs to discuss shared priorities, including mental health, obesity and employability. This has included the development of, and support for, the successful Football Fans in Training programme since 2010.