Graduates from the Rangers Charity Foundation’s CashBack for Communities initiative took on Police Scotland is a friendly football match.

The game took place yesterday at Benburn FC in Govan as both teams battled it out for the CashBack Trophy.

Police Scotland won an 8-5 victory at full time, allowing them to retain their title, but the CashBack team captain Chloe Pert received player of the match for scoring a penalty for her team.

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The Foundation’s Cashback For Communities – Towards New Futures programme aims to re-engage people aged 16 to 24 who have experience with the criminal justice system and help them take the steps towards a positive future including working, training or further education.

The programme is delivered in partnership with four Scottish prisons, Govan Thriving Place, Police Scotland and a range of other industry and community partners.

Current graduates from the programme were all able to obtain a minimum of three SQA Awards, First Aid (SCQF Level 6) and Mental Health (SCQF 5) through the free eight week course.

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Andy Gordon, CashBack coordinator at Rangers Charity Foundation, said: “The game isn’t about the result of the game at all, it highlights the importance of the relationship Police Scotland have with our young people, following six very informative, crucial workshops.

“It also highlights the importance of breaking down barriers and regaining trust in one another.”

He added: “Throughout out Towards New Futures programme, the young participants have consistently demonstrated exceptional dedication, adaptability and personal growth.”

CashBack participants get to improve their physical and mental health as the programme includes accredited fitness and coaching sessions, as well as gaining vocational work experience and developing core skills to strengthen their employment prospects and CVs.

Police Constable Stephen Canale, from the National Football Information Point Scotland, said: “The Pitchin In’ Programme provides an excellent opportunity for Police Scotland officers to engage with hard to reach members of our communities.

“The programme raises awareness of societal issues using the pull of football in an informal educational environment which in turn empowers the participants to make more informed choices.”

CashBack for Communities is a Scottish Government programme which takes funds recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and invests them into community programmes and facilities to help divert potentially at risk young people away from criminal and anti-social behaviour.

The next eight week free course starts on August 5 2024.