The Scottish FA have launched a new strategy for grassroots football, with the aim of getting one in ten people in Scotland playing the beautiful game.
The One National Plan outlines the SFA’s objectives for all non-professional football for the next four years, as they aim to grow the game in both scale and diversity, develop talent and provide social benefits to those who play.
As they boldly target 10 percent of the Scottish population playing football by 2026 - currently 8% of adults play the game regularly - the SFA will focus on delivering four key objectives:
- Participation: growing the scale and diversity of football across Scotland;
- Education: developing the capacity and capability of volunteers and the coaching workforce to support the growth and development of our game;
- Club Services: enabling all Scottish clubs to grow, develop and reach their full potential;
- Attractive Game: creating a culture and environment that attracts, retains and develops players, coaches and officials from across all communities.
Each objective has key measurable outcomes - see diagram below - which the SFA aims to achieve by 2020.
The new strategy is designed to provide a framework for everyone involved in Scottish grassroots football to establish safe, friendly and nurturing environments that promote enjoyment of the beautiful game and foster healthy lifestyles, with the ultimate goal of delivering football for all.
“We are delighted to be launching the new One National Plan, which provides a clear framework for the Scottish FA and our key partners to drive progress and improve our game over the next four years," said Andy Gould, Head of Football Development at the Scottish FA.
“The plan sets out strategies to engage and enable people from across all communities of Scotland to participate in football and enjoy the many benefits of our wonderful sport.”
Previous plans have covered a number of successes for the Scottish grassroots game, including the establishment of football regions and the National Player Pathway, as well as the appointment of dedicated SFA Equality Officers and Girls and Womens Officers.
Establishing Quality Mark Awards has also helped to significantly raise standards amongst grassroots clubs - by inspiring and helping them to better serve both their members and the wider community.
Over 500 clubs across Scotland have obtained the Quality Mark, whilst more than 40 have achieved the Legacy Award - the highest award possible, designed to inspire clubs to use football as a platform to spur positive social change within their local community.
“Football continues to attract and provide meaning for a huge part of the population,” added Gould.
“Our goal is to work with an increased range of partners to inspire more people from different backgrounds to become part of Scottish football.
“The new One National Plan is an excellent starting point and we are excited about using this to provide a clear direction to help broaden the appeal of football for everyone to benefit.”
To read the SFA's new stategy, you can view or download the One National Plan 2017-20 (PDF).