A historic agreement on the future development of the non-professional game in Scotland has been made by all bodies involved in grassroots football.
For the first time, all Affiliated National Associations (ANA) and member leagues that lead the non-professional game have agreed to One National Plan – a strategy to ensure that the country’s most popular participatory sport continues to develop.
The vision of the plan is to grow the national game through developing a culture of improved performance at all levels, to take the game to a wider audience and expand on the benefits, enjoyment and value football can bring to everyone across the country.
There are six main objectives of the plan:
1. To increase participation
2. To create an attractive modern game
3. To improve coach education and development
4. To create a vibrant volunteer workforce
5. To develop club and school football
6. To produce more talented young players
The Non-Professional Game Board (NPGB) will drive this plan forward within a culture of unity and collaboration, and by bringing together a range of partners and people who share in the passion for improving and growing the game.
Watch the Scottish FA's exclusive video on the One National Plan where SFA Head of Regional Development Andy Gould and Ross Reddiex of Mill United and Lanarkshire Football Development Association - affiliated to the Scottish Youth FA – explain how it will benefit the grassroots game.
Scottish FA football development director Jim Fleeting said: “The One National Plan is a significant step forward in the development of our grassroots game.
“It is the product of a fantastic collaboration between all bodies involved in the non-professional game, and sets out a unified vision for how grassroots football can grow.
“Football has the capacity to be a wonderful force for good in communities across Scotland and I believe this One National Plan encapsulates all of the fine work being done to ensure grassroots football has a bright future.”
Members of the NPGB and Scottish FA have collaborated since 2011 to produce the plan following an extensive period of consultation with those involved nationwide in grassroots football.
These ANAs and member leagues are the East of Scotland League, Scottish Amateur FA, Scottish Junior FA, Scottish Schools’ FA, Scottish Welfare FA, Scottish Women’s Football, Scottish Youth FA and South of Scotland League.
By 2015, the SFA's stated outcomes from the plan are:
* 130,000 registered players
* 600 Quality Mark Clubs
* 20,000 registered volunteers
* 14,000 coaches developed
* 3,300 registered referees
* A facility strategy with 70% goals delivered
* A Positive Coaching Scotland Plan integrated nationwide which improves the culture of the Scottish game
* 1,152 Talented Young Players involved in 36 2020 Development Centres
You can view the One National Plan in full on the SFA website.
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