Posted on: Monday 23rd June 2014
The Scottish Government has announced that £175,000 of CashBack for Communities funding is being awarded to Celtic FC Foundation to create life-changing opportunities for young people across Glasgow.
It is the latest award from the third phase of Cashback funding, which so far has seen £74m awarded to projects and initiatives across Scotland since 2007.
The charitable arm of Celtic Football Club, Celtic FC Foundation, will use the money to introduce their Gateway to Employment project aimed at young people aged 18 - 24 and focuses on offenders and those at risk of reoffending.
The scheme is being delivered in partnership with Apex Scotland, a specialist organisation who have 25 years’ experience in supporting ex-offenders and young people at risk, and hopes to help set Glasgow youngsters on a journey towards a more positive and meaningful future.
Cabinet Secretary for Justice Kenny MacAskill made the announcement while meeting Tony Hamilton, CEO of Celtic FC Foundation and Apex Chief Executive Alan Staff, at Celtic FC’s training ground in Lennoxtown.
Mr MacAskill said: “While this is a momentous year for Scottish sport, its legacy will last well beyond 2014.
“I am therefore delighted to announce further CashBack for Communities funding which, as we can see from other projects, is providing real opportunities to help young people realise their potential.
“What is most gratifying is that this cash has been seized from the very criminals who seek to exploit these young people and their communities and trap them in a cycle of misery.
“I commend the work of Celtic FC Foundation and all people and organisations involved in this project and hope this project paves the way for sporting and other stars of the future.”
Over the next three years, Celtic FC Foundation will engage with over 100 young people in areas of Glasgow with the highest rates of crime and anti-social behaviour to support them in developing new skills through volunteering, training or employment opportunities.
Tony Hamilton, Chief Executive of Celtic FC Foundation, said: “Funding and support from CashBack allows us to work with young people, in one of our key geographical areas in Glasgow, who have specific employment needs, which we can help address. This project has clear outcomes and targets and there are a whole series of initiatives towards helping our target group get back to full employment."