Football ‘worth £1.25bn’ to Scottish society

Playing football prevents over 8,000 cases of cardiovascular disease a year, according to a Uefa-commissioned study. The report for European football’s governing body also calculated that the game delivers a return of more than £1.25bn to Scottish society. The research is the first of its kind looking at the social and economic impact of football. It suggests our national game contributes more than £200m directly into the Scottish economy. The Scottish FA said it proved the game’s worth to society and said it also hoped it would lead to increased government and private funding. Compiled in conjunction with a number of leading universities, the report in full will be delivered to cabinet ministers by representatives of the Scottish FA later.
The key figures from the report suggest football contributes:
• £200m to the economy
• £300m worth of social benefits, including crime reduction
• £700m worth of health benefits
Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell said the report provided proof that our national game is a key part of Scottish society. “The professional game in this country will always take a lot of focus but I think, to a large degree, we take grass roots football for granted,” he said. “It’s not until you see something like this and the numbers involved, the volunteer hours that are given up on an annual basis that you realise football is saving lives and making lives better.

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