Celtic will be able to apply for more SPFL funding to help the club’s charitable arm after the league body announced a new seven-figure donation had been received by an anonymous benefactor, in a statement earlier today.
Earlier this month, businessman James Anderson made an incredible £3m donation to the 42 member clubs of the SPFL to help them during the ongoing public health crisis.
Now he’s introduced more philanthropists to SPFL Trust and one of them has committed to donations worth £1.25m, inclusive of Gift Aid.
An initial £500,000 has been received by the Trust today, with gift aid to follow (£125,000). An agreement is in place for a further £625,000 (also inclusive of gift aid) to be donated in June 2021.
SPFL Trust Chief Executive Nicky Reid said: “Although I cannot name the donor who has stepped forward to support the SPFL Trust and club associated charities across the country, I want to acknowledge their extraordinary generosity. They have seen the amazing power that our clubs have to support those in need, in Scotland.
“The initial donation will enable us to now launch a £280,000 fund to support club-associated charities, enabling them to continue their important work. Each will be able to apply for £10,000, and like the club fund we will aim to process this as quickly as possible.
“I said two weeks ago that Scottish football has this incredible power to change people’s lives, and the funding we have received (and will receive in future) will help ramp up these efforts. In every way it’s a game changer.”
Celtic announced earlier this week that the tranche of money available to them from Anderson’s initial fund, worth £50,000, would go towards the club Foundation’s efforts to help those most vulnerable during the pandemic.
The club had already made a six-figure amount available to its charity meaning a massive £500,000 is now helping drive the Foundation’s ‘Football For Good’ initiative.
Around 55 organisations supporting vulnerable children, families and the homeless have been helped to date, while two projects have been launched through the Foundation’s partnership with Glasgow North-East Foodbank.
Every day, 100 hot meals are also being delivered to Glasgow Royal Infirmary for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde staff across all wards and roles.
Charity is at the centre of the club’s ethos and with the SPFL now linking up with generous fans, more than ever, the sport can be a force for good.