Scottish League Cup Secures Government Funding

March 22, 2011

Next season’s Scottish soccer cup, previously known as the Co-operative Insurance (CIS) Cup, will be named the Scottish Communities League Cup after a new £1m (US$1.64m), one-year package was announced by First Minister Alex Salmond as part of the Scottish Government’s programme of investment in football.

The trophy now sponsored by cash seized from criminals, had been sponsored by CIS since 1999, but that deal has now drawn to a close and the Scottish Government, having previously sponsored the Scottish Cup for two years, has stepped in to bridge the gap.

The funding from the Proceeds of Crime Act will be used in partnership with the Scottish Football League (SFL) to deliver increased opportunities in sport and physical activity for young people through local football clubs.

The new agreement comes as a direct result of the recent Old Firm summit, called by Salmond following a volatile Scottish Cup replay encounter between Celtic and Rangers on 2 March.

The nation’s First Minister stated: “The Scottish Communities League Cup strengthens the commitment made at the recent football summit to support the expansion of existing community and social partnerships and back clubs, authorities and police in tackling alcohol misuse, sectarianism, racism, domestic abuse and violence.

“Everyone involved in the summit was determined that the positive ideas would be turned into action and here we are, less than a fortnight since the summit was held, announcing a major step forward for Scottish football.

“However, there is much more to be done and all parties involved are committed to delivering the proposals and securing a bright future for our budding footballers.”

In return for the sponsorship, the SFL will encourage its clubs, coaches and players to strengthen their involvement with local communities and schools.