Scottish Football Association

Community football is a pastime and a passion for people of all ages and backgrounds in every corner of Scotland, providing a range of benefits from health, fitness, friendship and camaraderie as well as a variety of benefits for local communities.

This study, commissioned by the Scottish Football Association, was wide in scope, engaging with the general public, community football clubs and key individuals who work within those clubs. Its central aim was to gain insight into how the grassroots football community is managing in the post Covid environment and assessing the challenges that they face to survive and exceed in the future.

Key Takeaways

  • Community football makes a significant and valuable contribution to communities across Scotland, such that its absence would be perceived as damaging for many communities,
  • Girl’s and Women’s football has seen significant progress in recent years however the number of girls and women’s teams continues to lag behind the number of teams for men and boys,
  • Access to, provision of and cost of footballing facilities is the major issue currently facing community clubs in Scotland,

Research areas:

  • Quantitative
  • Qualitative
  • Questionnaire design
  • Quantitative analysis
  • Qualitative analysis
  • Facilitation
  • Interviewing
  • Focus groups
  • Report writing
  • Data visualisations
  • Presentation

Scottish Football Association published this report: