Grassroots football has received a £1.5million boost from the SFA.

The governing body in Scotland injected the funds into the game through their Football for All campaign in conjunction with the Scots government, FIFA and sportscotland who all, along with UEFA, added to the investment.

The SFA says it will allow hundreds of grassroots clubs to bring thousands of players back onto a football pitch amid the pandemic.

Clubs, the SFA confirms, can apply for cash at grassroots level and as part of the girls and women's recovery fund.

Chief football officer at the SFA, Andy Gould, praised the funding injection, saying: “After facing many challenges throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, now is a vital time to support the grassroots game as Government restrictions ease and allow an increase in football activity.

“We are grateful for the support from Scottish Government, FIFA, UEFA and sportscotland who have bolstered the funds made available by the Scottish FA to ensure more than £1.5M is available for clubs and people at the heart of our national game.

“I recognise the many challenges facing the grassroots game, and the Football for All funding will be a huge boost to our concerted efforts to get people playing the national sport again.

“The funding presents a wonderful opportunity to kick-start the game, and it is crucial that we continue to work with key stakeholders to further ensure that grassroots football can flourish once more.”