Women’s football in Scotland has been handed a boost after an anonymous benefactor donated £100,000 to help grow the game.
The donation has been made to the Scottish Football Partnership Trust (SFP Trust) in support of Scottish Women’s Football (SWF) and is intended to help strengthen infrastructure and grow participation, attendances and revenue.
It’s the second time that the anonymous individual has gifted money to the women’s game, having donated £100,000 last year to help SWF Championship clubs cope with the financial impact of the pandemic.
Scottish Women’s Football chair Vivienne MacLaren said: “We are delighted to receive a further donation from this generous anonymous donor, and sincerely thank them for it.
“Their previous donation significantly helped SWF Championship clubs and I have no doubt, supported their sustainability ahead of the new 2021/22 season.
“This new award will help us strengthen the infrastructure and capacity of SWF which will support our members as we seek to increase commercial revenue and grow the numbers of those playing the game.
“This funding will help us to better support clubs and ensure more girls and women can enjoy football.
“I want to thank the donor and the Scottish Football Partnership Trust – by working together we are maximising the impact of this significant donation.”
James Clydesdale, chair of SFP Trust, said: “We are delighted to receive this donation and to have the capacity to invest further in Scottish Women’s Football.
“With an increased staff base, SWF can further develop and enhance participation opportunities in the game for girls’ and women across Scotland.
“This is a key area of interest for the SFP Trust”.