The Scottish FA have made £1.5million available to members, including Rangers, from Club Licensing and Club Academy Scotland award payments as they look to mitigate the damage down by the enforced shutdown of football.
In the latest update from the SFA and SPFL’s Joint Response Group, clubs will be paid Club Licensing amount based on 2019 while Club Academy Scotland payouts will be half of the annual payout.
While it won’t cover the shortfall faced by clubs, it is good to see the SFA looking to help members out financially – with chairman Rod Petrie thinking it will be of “great support” to clubs.
“I am pleased to announce the immediate cash payments to members of Club Licensing and Club Academy Scotland amounts which were budgeted to be paid later this year,” Petrie said in the update.
“Given the financial uncertainty faced by clubs, we have looked at areas of distribution where we can accelerate and pay now, rather than wait to pay on the usual distribution dates.
The combined amount forward funded in this way is approximately £1.5m, which we believe will be of great support to clubs who face uncertainty and, worse still, a significant loss of revenue as a result of the impact of coronavirus in Scotland.
“I would like to thank our Chief Executive, Ian Maxwell, and the Operations Board for their expediency in enabling us to bring forward the payments.”
With the SPFL pleading poverty and leaving clubs to fend for themselves, the money received by clubs from the SFA should soften the damage caused by the lack of income.
As football looks set to remain off the calendar until August though, there will need to be far more support in the long term as clubs feel the effects.
Clubs up and down the country are waiting to find out the next steps with Rangers unsure when they’ll next take to the training pitch, never mind play a competitive game.