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Future of Football in Scotland

This Cross-party group's purpose:

  • To create a platform with key stakeholders, to discuss how football (and community football clubs) can help support the population being more active, linked to the overall National Active Framework.
  • To highlight and promote the ‘Value of Football’ and how local communities using the Scottish FA/UEFA SROI work to help influence Government Policy. 
  • Affordability – To debate and make recommendations on the issues of affordability for local community clubs accessing facilities.
  • Accessibility (Community) – To debate and make recommendations on the issues facing local community clubs in relation to the accessibility of local facilities (for example, Schools lets, Community Asset Transfer).
  • Accessibility (National) – To debate the accessibility of all Scottish football stadiums, highlighting best practice and make any suitable recommendations. 
  • To create, a platform that highlights best practice in Scottish Football, which will enable the game to be driven forward at a national, grassroots and community level.

Next meeting

The next meeting of the CPG on the Future Of Football In Scotland is due to take place on the 29th June from 13:00-14:00

Get in touch

If you want to get in touch, you can contact Rob Byrne

Address: The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP

Involved in the group

MSPs, individuals and organisations who participate in and support this group.

Current Members

Fulton MacGregor


Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Coatbridge and Chryston (Constituency)

Jeremy Balfour

Deputy Convener

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Lothian (Region)

James Dornan


Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Glasgow Cathcart (Constituency)

Paul McLennan


Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: East Lothian (Constituency)

Colin Smyth


Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: South Scotland (Region)


Scottish Football Association - secretary and treasurer

Scottish Professional Football League

SPFL Trust

Scottish Women’s Football

Scottish Disabled Supporters’ Association

Scottish Football Supporters’ Association

Supporters’ Direct

Police Scotland


Professional Footballers’ Association


Group work


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Annual return / report