New Scottish Fund to Benefit Youth Football and Rugby

Date: 15th June 2013

The Scottish Government has announced a £3.15 million fund to help install a network of full-sized 3G pitches for youth football and rugby development across the country.

The CashBack for Pitches Fund will use money seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act to help install synthetic grass pitches, with a focus on projects working with young people in areas that experience problems with anti-social behaviour and crime.

Clubs and local authorities across Scotland can look forward to applying for grants of up to £300,000 to enable them to upgrade or install pitches that will help young people participate in sport all-year-round.

The money for the fund comes from a number of different sources including £2 million from the Scottish Government's CashBack for Communities programme; £1 million from sportscotland; and £150,000 from WREN.

This funding could help to strengthen the Government's efforts to guarantee the right of the child to leisure and to engage in play and recreational activities. To ensure equal access to all children and young people, the new football and rugby pitches should be accessible to all, as recommended in Together's State of Children's Rights Report 2012.