Foundation’s CashBack Participants Face Off Against Police Scotland XI At Benburb FC
Fri 29th September 2023
Graduates from the Rangers Charity Foundation’s latest Cashback for Communities – Towards New Futures course played a Police Scotland XI on September 28th in a friendly football match at Benburb FC in Govan.
Yesterday’s match saw the Foundations CashBack squad retain the trophy once again after an 8-5 win. Graduates were then presented with their course certificates from the Foundation’s CashBack staff
The Cashback programme aims to re-engage people aged 16-24 with current or past convictions and help them move towards a more positive future including working, training or further education. It is delivered in partnership with four Scottish prisons, Govan Thriving Place and a range of key community and industry partners, including Police Scotland.
Andy Gordon, Cashback Coordinator at the Rangers Charity Foundation said:
“The course has produced remarkable achievements from our young participants, and I take great pride in sharing that they are all embarking on promising journeys following its completion. This includes those who have successfully secured employment, gained admission to college, or are pursuing further studies.”
“Every single participant has earned a minimum of 3 SQA Awards, enhancing their employability prospects and boosting their self-assurance.”
“Our partnership with Police Scotland holds immense significance. Through their Pitchin’ In programme, they engage with our groups on a weekly basis, addressing crucial topics such as social media presence and hate crime. These educational sessions not only impart valuable knowledge but also foster connections between participants and the police, establishing mutually beneficial relationships.”
“Today’s match symbolizes a significant step in breaking down barriers.”
Police Inspector Mark Donachie from the National Football Information Point Scotland (NFIP) said:
“Using the pull of football, The Pitchin In’ Programme provides an excellent opportunity for Police Scotland officers to engage with hard to reach members of our communities.
“The programme raises awareness of societal issues in an informal educational environment which in turn empowers the participants to make more informed choices.”
Participants improve their physical and mental health by taking part in accredited fitness and coaching sessions and a mental health first aid course. The initiative includes a variety of formal and industry recognised awards (including utilising the Foundation’s SQA Centre status), vocational work experience and the development of core skills which greatly enhances employment prospects and CVs.
The CashBack programme is free and is run four days per week for eight weeks. Participants also have continued support after completion of the course to help them stay motivated and on track to achieving their goals.
CashBack for Communities is a unique Scottish Government programme which takes funds recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and invests them into community programmes, facilities and activities largely aimed at diverting young people at risk away from potentially criminal or anti-social behaviour.
The next free eight-week course starts on 16th October. For more info contact AndyGordon@rangers.co.uk