Families raising disabled or seriously ill children in Scotland who have received support from Family Fund are set to benefit from a new scheme which provides free tickets to Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) matches.

The Football for All campaign is a pilot partnership between the SPFL Trust, Family Fund and eight SPFL clubs (Clyde FC, Cowdenbeath FC, Dumbarton FC, East Fife FC, Livingston FC, Partick Thistle FC, St Johnstone FC and Stenhousemuir FC).

The tickets, which work on a first-come, first-served basis, are available to all families in Scotland who have received support from Family Fund since January 2018.

SPFL Trust Chief Executive Nicky Reid commented, “We understand that families supported by Family Fund face enormous financial, emotional and physical challenges. Our Football For All project allows a simple gesture to go a long way, removing a barrier that will allow families who are facing significant difficulties the chance to attend games and enjoy a great experience at these clubs.”

Salena Begley MBE, Scotland Partnership Development Manager at Family Fund, said, “We are very pleased and excited to be working with SPFL Trust and these eight clubs to launch Football for All. At Family Fund, we support families all over Scotland who are raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people, who face daily pressures on their time and their finances. 

“We know from talking with families that chances to go out together or have a break from caring can be very limited, often due to the costs involved, so would like to thank these clubs for providing free tickets to families throughout the season, and giving them the same opportunity as others to see a football match in person.

“We hope that this scheme creates some new fans and look forward to hearing some great stories about these families experiencing live football matches.”

Click here to find out more about the scheme, including how to apply.