Schools’ football partnership kicks off

TSB has announced its partnership with the Scottish Schools’ Football Association, which will see the bank support all levels of the school game in Scotland.

Under the agreement, TSB will provide comprehensive support of the inter-schools’ and inter-association football programme as well as the under-15 girls’ and under 18 boys’ international squads. This means over 26,000 school children will participate in a TSB supported programme during the 2013/14 season.

TSB is committed to providing tangible support to the Scottish Schools’ FA and its member schools through the partnership and will implement a comprehensive campaign of support – from funded team travel to provision of kit for schools – aimed at easing the strain that can be placed on household budgets and fuelling school football across the country.

Kenny Miller, a former Scotland schoolboy international who played in the 1996 undder 16 squad, gave his backing to the announcement.

He said: “Schools’ football played a big part in my development as a young player and a person. I still treasure the memories I have of playing with my primary and secondary school teams, not least to mention representing Scotland at under 16 level. It’s fantastic that TSB is committed to supporting the schools’ game in Scotland, which makes a huge difference to the lives of thousands of youngsters all over the country.”

Iain McCall, Scottish Network Director for TSB, commented: “We are delighted to support the Scottish Schools’ Football Association and play our part in nurturing young footballing talent across Scotland. At TSB we are focused on supporting local customers and helping the local economies in which we operate to prosper. We see this partnership as playing an important role in this by benefitting thousands of children and hundreds of communities the length and breadth of the country.”

Gordon Pate, President of the Scottish Schools’ Football Association, added: “The Scottish Schools’ FA is extremely grateful to TSB for its vital support of the school game in Scotland. The Association exists to provide opportunities for young people of all ages to enjoy playing football and organises a wide range of activities for that to happen. Quite simply, were it not for this partnership, many young people would not have the opportunity to take part in schools’ football. We very much look forward to working with TSB in this exciting partnership.”