The SPFL Trust has confirmed that they’ve received a donation of over £3million from Hearts benefactor James Anderson to help Scottish clubs through Covid-19 – with Rangers in line to benefit.
All 42 clubs, including Rangers, will be eligible for a £50,000 grant from the trust for clubs to “fund new projects, which demonstrate a positive impact on health, attainment, or inclusion as well as any general related support during the Covid-19 crisis.”
We are happy to announce that the SPFL Trust has received the biggest personal donation in Scottish football history.
James Anderson's initial grant, worth over £3m, will be used to help @spfl clubs and support their communities during Covid-19.
— SPFL Trust (@SPFLTrust) June 10, 2020
SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster hailed the donation as he thanked Anderson for his support at a critical time for Scottish football.
“This extremely generous donation from James will help protect all of our clubs from the very worst effects of Covid-19, enabling them to return to playing as early as it’s safe to do so, whilst continuing to reach out and support communities as they have done throughout the pandemic,” Doncaster said.
“We know the positive power our clubs have within their communities. During this crisis, they have stepped up to support thousands of socially isolated and vulnerable people who desperately needed help.
“On behalf of every one of the SPFL’s 42 clubs, I want to sincerely thank James for his timely and extremely generous financial support at this critical moment.”
Anderson has given £2.5m with an additional £625,000 coming from gift aid to take the overall total to £3.125million – and has committed to providing further funding in future.
£2.1million of that will be made directly available for clubs to access through grants, with the remaining amount of just over £1million going to the SPFL Trust – allowing the SPFL to bring forward the launch of their Scottish Football United initiative by two years.
Despite the grant being sorely needed by some clubs, there need to be some questions over whether splitting it equally between the 42 clubs was necessary.