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Ross County receive £55,000 from Government initiative to promote kids football

By Will Clark

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Ross County have received £55,384.10 to help go towards supporting its after school and holiday programs.

The club has received the funding as part of the Scottish Government’s Extra Time programme.

The programme is a joint initiative between the Scottish Government and the Scottish Football Association.

The funding aims to support free before and after school clubs, and holiday clubs for children from families on low incomes.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle Community Development have received £250,772 from the programme to help it provide a range of football initiatives for children across the region.

First Minister John Swinney made the announcement on Monday afternoon, with Inverness Caledonian Thistle Community Development and Ross County two of 31 organisations to receive funding.

He said: “We know funding from the Extra Time Programme is enabling football clubs and trusts to provide really valuable childcare options, particularly for families from low-income households who are most at risk of living in poverty.

By removing barriers to affordable and accessible childcare, we will contribute to the eradication of child poverty. I will shortly set out further views on this crucial issue in Parliament.

“Like many others, I will be supporting Scotland at Euro 2024 when it gets underway in Germany this week. But the Extra Time Programme is a reminder that local football clubs are supporting communities here at home – providing valuable services beyond matchday. They understand the value of that support for local families, and they are well placed to provide crucial facilities and services.”

SFA Chief Executive Ian Maxwell said: “We are delighted to announce this additional funding in conjunction with the Scottish Government to extend the Extra Time Programme. The benefits have been clear to see and it’s vital that we continue to offer support for families to allow children and young people to access as much physical activity as possible.

“As well as the thousands of children who will engage with the game, clubs are often the heartbeat of their local communities and it’s just as important that we offer more opportunities for parents and carers too. This programme is a great example of how impactful the power of football can be.”

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