The TSB (Trustees Savings Bank), in partnership with the SSFA (Scottish Schools Football Association), has committed to paying a percentage of each funding application received from secondary and primary school teams, as well as the SSFA’s regional associations, which compete in TSB supported competitions during 2013-14 but face exceptional travel costs to fulfil fixtures. Each school is entitled to make two claims and the total support provided by TSB to school is believed to exceed £11,500.
Colin Hay, manager at TSB Holburn branch, said: “We are delighted to support Cults Primary. The contribution will hopefully help to ease the financial challenge facing many schools competing in various Scottish schools football competitions. This is another example of TSB’s commitment to helping the local communities in which it operates to prosper.”
SSFA President Gordon Pate said: “The SSFA is extremely grateful to TSB for introducing the Travel Fund. Travel costs are without doubt the biggest financial outlay for schools competing in our various secondary and primary competitions and having a support mechanism to lighten the financial load is a massive positive.”
Cults Primary School Sevens team coach, Mike Morrice, added: “We are delighted to receive a grant of £500 from TSB to assist with travel costs around the recent National Sevens Final. It’s a fantastic initiative and one that will be of great benefit to schools across the country.”
The Cults school has always had an active and fairly successful football team, often with parents giving up time to coach, supervise and, most importantly, run their children to practices and matches. Well-known professional footballer, Darren Ferguson (son of Sir Alex Ferguson), was in the Cults Primary school team along with Piper reporter Kathleen Robertson’s son Guy when they competed in the Barratt Cup final, played at Pittodrie. Reflecting back on that day about 34 years ago, she said: “Guy still has his press release from their glorious ‘big day’ at Pittodrie - but his Dad and I had a chuckle when we saw the team’s wee leggies trying to run the length of the Dons’ pitch - a bit like David and Goliath!”