Scottish Communities Cup
The Scottish Communities League Cup trophy arrived in Livingston today as part of the national Scottish Communities League Cup Trophy Tour ahead of Livingston FC's 1st round tie against Arbroath.
Young people from across the region were given the chance to get their photo taken with the cup, which is in town to help promote Respect, Responsibility and Tolerance to football fans and families throughout Scotland.
Shona Robison, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport was joined by Livingston FC Manager, Gary Bollan and Chairman, Gordon McDougall who were on hand to take part in the activity, which included an educational time-out session encouraging positive behaviour and stronger communities.
The trophy will tour the length and breadth of Scotland in the coming season visiting SFL clubs, schools and various community hubs, engaging 12-16 year olds in football through coaching and educational aspects facilitated through a variety of partnerships stemming from the work of the Joint Action Group.
Shona Robinson, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport said:
"The Scottish Communities League Cup Trophy Tour is part of a package of measures building on the Scottish Government's commitment to expand existing community football initiatives and help clubs, authorities and police in promoting positive behaviour through football.
"Scotland's passion for football is legendary and the Scottish Communities League Cup tour will not only allow communities and fans to engage with the competition it will celebrate the positive contribution that football makes in our communities and encourage Scots to support their local team."
Gary Bollan said: "It's great for everybody when a major trophy visits your football club. The young people had great fun today and it offered a fantastic opportunity to come together and learn about three important messages aligned to our national game - respect, responsibility and tolerance."
The partnership between the Scottish Government and the Scottish Football League promotes all that's good about Scotland's national game and puts local football clubs back at the heart of Scotland's communities. The Scottish Government has invested £41 million to CashBack for Communities projects since 2007 with over £12.35 million committed to football until 2014.
The 1st round of the Scottish Communities League Cup features the thirty clubs of The Scottish Football League at the end of the preceding season, which are not participating in the UEFA Club Competitions.
The First Minister announced on March 21, 2011 that a £1 million funding package from the Proceeds of Crime Act will be used to fund the sponsorship of the Scottish Football League Cup, formerly known as the Cooperative Insurance League Cup.