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Scottish Premier League (SPL) Trust awarded £214,500 through Scottish Sport Relief Home and Away Fund

Almost 1,000 older people will be offered the chance to attend an activity programme at their local SPL club over the next two years, thanks to a £214,500 grant from the Scottish Sport Relief Home and Away Programme.

The SPL Trust has become the latest beneficiary of the £5 million fund, which is supporting projects that will help create a lasting legacy from the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The announcement was made by Humza Yousaf, Minister for External Affairs and International Development, on a visit to St Johnstone FC, one of the first SPL clubs to start this new initiative.  He saw first hand the type of support being provided and heard how older people across Perthshire are already benefitting. 

Through a partnership with a number of regional and national partners, the grant will enable the Community departments within each SPL club to run a ten-week activity programme, involving physical, social and well-being activities.

Projects will be established in twelve locations throughout Scotland, and sessions this spring and autumn will involve up to 20 people from the local community meaning around 480 older people will be supported throughout the course of the year.

Onward referrals will also be provided to ensure those involved continue to access similar activities in their local area.

This award is the final tranche of the ‘home’ element of the programme which is jointly funded by the Scottish Government and Sport Relief.  Over £2.3m has already been distributed to projects across Scotland designed to help the vulnerable and those facing challenges in their lives.

Humza Yousaf, Minister for External Affairs and International Development said: "It’s vitally important that older people within our communities have access to programmes like this, which bring people together to enjoy shared interests and promote positive health and wellbeing.

“Thanks to the funding from Scottish Sport Relief Home & Away programme, the SPL Trust can continue to make valuable social and community contributions and I’m sure those involved in the programme will benefit hugely. This is exactly the type of initiative that embodies the spirit of Legacy 2014.  The Games coming to Scotland is not just about sport, it’s about creating benefits for people the length and breadth of Scotland and delivering lasting impact.”

Billy Singh, General Manager at SPL Trust said: “We are extremely grateful to receive this support from the Scottish Sport Relief Home and Away Fund. We believe with the support provided here we can help to make a real difference in the lives of older people in our communities.

“The SPL football clubs do a huge amount of work every day to support those in their local area and beyond. With the addition of this project they are now helping people at every stage of their lives.”

David Black, Community Coach, St Johnstone FC, said:“We’re delighted to have received this funding through the Home and Away Programme.  We’re fully committed to playing an active role within the community and believe this project will deliver a range of positive benefits and outcomes for older people living in Perthshire.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming participants and working with our partners to ensure we meet the needs of the community and deliver a quality programme that contributes to the legacy from the 2014 Games.”  

Judith McNeill, Grants Director at Comic Relief, said: “The Scottish Sport Relief Home and Away Programme shows our continued commitment to combating social injustice and poverty in Scotland and around the world. We’ve made nearly £20 million worth of grants over the years to help Scotland’s most vulnerable people. Thanks to this initiative, future generations will remember the 2014 Commonwealth Games as a real catalyst for change in thousands of people's lives.”

At Caley Thistle we have called our activity programme "Still Game" and full details are available here.

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