Immediate release 16/03/11
Highlands and Islands and Islands SNP MSP Rob Gibson has welcomed an announcement that Brora Youth Football Club is to benefit from a Scottish Government scheme which sees money seized from criminals ploughed back into worthwhile youth projects.
Mr Gibson was commenting after it was announced that Brora Youth Football Club was to receive £50,000 of funding which will see a new state of the art 3G Astroturf surface being laid.
Mr Gibson said...
"This is excellent news for Brora youth football club. I am no football expert but I am told that 3rd Generation Astroturf such as is been laid in Brora, is the best there is at the moment. This can only be a boost and help with the development of footballing talent in Brora and the surrounding area."
"I am a big fan of the Scottish Government Cashback to Communities scheme.. It takes money from criminals’ ill-gotten gains, such as drug dealing and give it back to schemes which benefit youth groups across Scotland. Great credit has to go to Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill for taking the scheme forward."
"Since it was set up in 2007 Cashback to communities has given more than £40 million to hundreds of projects across the country helping more than half a million young people.
"Investing in our young people in this way is a sure way to build a better community, investments of this sort might even help Brora Rangers in the long run."
The Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities programme uses money seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act to fund community projects in Scotland. Since it launched in 2007, £39.7 million has been taken from criminals and given to a variety of community projects. More information is available at: www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Justice/public-safety/17141/cashback
The one-off £5 million in grant funding announced today will help 23 community groups upgrade their facilities or build new pitches or changing rooms. The projects have been identified as being of strategic importance to the Scottish game by the Scottish FA with the assistance of sportscotland.
The Scottish FA is a long term CashBack partner and was awarded £2.5 million between 2008 and 2011 to help fund a variety of youth coaching programmes and street football initiatives. More information on the ongoing work done by the Scottish FA funded by CashBack can be found here:
A list of the projects identified for funding is attached.
These awards are indicative at present and subject to further scrutiny after the full details of the projects are made available.
New 3G surface 55m x 20m