SPFL Trust Visit

SPFL Trust Visit

in #KillieStories April 12, 2017

The SPFL Trust brought their 'Trusted Trophy Tour' to Rugby Park this afternoon (Wednesday 12th April), much to the delight of the kids that were at this year's Easter Camp! 

This comes as the SPFL Trust (Scottish Professional Football League Trust) sets an ambitious target for clubs to engage one million people through community engagement every year, to be achieved over the next five years.

Currently, the SPFL Trust and all 42 member clubs engage with an estimated 710,000 individuals every year. This is reflects around 13% of Scotland’s population, according to research conducted by the SPFL (Scottish Professional Football League) in 2016.

The SPFL Trust strongly believes that Scottish football can deliver outstanding results for Scotland, with a particular focus on reaching individuals and groups in the hardest to reach sections of society.

At Kilmarnock FC, community programmes include:  

  • Football Fans in Training 
  • Music Box Cares 
  • Match Fit – education programme about violence, drugs, alcohol, health & wellbeing 
  • Football Memories
  • Physical Literacy – for nursery age children
  • Scottish Water Programme H2O
  • Full range of football in the community activities 

Joining participants were first team stars Rory McKenzie, Luke Hendrie and Greg Kiltie. 

Nicky Reid, General Manager at the SPFL Trust said:

“It was fantastic to visit Kilmarnock FC for the latest leg of our SPFL Trust “Trusted Trophy Tour”. Like all of our clubs, there is some amazing work going on at Rugby Park.

“The SPFL Trust firmly believe that we can help our clubs to reach our ambitious one million target over the next five years.

“There are now have 22 clubs with registered charities, whilst many others do equally fantastic work. Community activity has grown exponentially over the last ten years. We believe there are two reasons for this: the clubs are able to access people who simply don’t respond to traditional programmes of activity, and then when we reach them we’re able to support significant life changes; we can and are trusted to deliver.

“In a climate where funding is ever more difficult, we’re hopeful that key stakeholders recognise just what it is possible for us to do. We have an amazing opportunity – because it is not just an aspiration - for our clubs to form the most community engaged league in the world. And who benefits in that circumstance? The people of Scotland.”

Paul Di Giacomo, Kilmarnock FC’s Community Engagement Officer added:

“It was fantastic to be able to welcome the SPFL Trust’s Trusted Trophy Tour to Rugby Park to help promote the work the club engages in across our community. We have a very broad range of programmes working with children, young people and adults across East Ayrshire.”

Photo's by Sandy Ferguson & The SPFL Trust