Date: 17th December 2018
SCOTTISH FOOTBALL FAN AWARDS LAUNCHED TO FIND THIS YEAR’S KIERAN TIERNEY
17th December 2018: The quest to find Scotland’s fans’ Player of the Year has been launched by the Scottish Football Supporters Association (SFSA), Scotland’s first independent national football supporters’ organisation.
The awards, which recognised Celtic and Scotland star Kieran Tierney as the fans’ Player of the Year in 2017, will recognise the best and worst in the beautiful game in 2018. For the first time it will also ask the fans to vote on the best female Scottish player and the best manager in 2018.
Other award winners in 2017 included ‘Goal of the Year’ for Leigh Griffiths’ second goal against England at Hampden; Steven McLean as Scotland’s ‘Best Ref’ ; Aberdeen fans as the country’s top travelling fans and Hearts’ Tynecastle stadium the ground most away fans like to visit.
The SFSA, which has over 71,000 members across Scotland, has also announced a partnership with GambleAware, the leading charity in the UK committed to reducing gambling-related harms, which will see it as the awards’ partner.
Simon Barrow, chair of the SFSA, said: “Everyone football fan has an opinion about who the best players is, what the best goal was and even who the best ref is so the SFSA Fans Awards, voted for by Scotland’s football fans, will provide the answers. Kieran Tierney was a well-deserved Player of the Year last year so it will be interesting to see if he holds onto his crown.
“We were delighted when GambleAware approached us as we have for some time felt that it is essential to promote safe and responsible gambling behaviour in a game that is very top heavy with gambling sponsorships. We look forward to working in partnership with them in the years ahead to promote the charity’s aim to reduce gambling-related harms.”
Iain Corby from GambleAware said: “Across Scotland there are over 230,000 people who are classed as either problem gamblers, or at risk of becoming so, and many of these are football fans. GambleAware wanted to find a way to ensure they are aware of the risks of gambling, and know they can come to us for free help and confidential advice if they are worried about gambling. By being the SFSA’s charity partner for these prestigious awards, we also hope we can encourage discussion about the relationship between football and betting in Scotland.”
Voting starts today (17th December 2018) and ends at midnight on 13th January 2018. Votes can be cast by visiting https://scottishfsa.org/fans-awards.
The full list of awards are:
Further information can be found by visiting the SFSA website at www.scottishfsa.org.
The SFSA can be found on Twitter @scottishfsa or through #reclaimthegame and on Facebook.
For further information on the SFSA and the Fans Awards, please contact Paul Goodwin on 07702-252519.
Notes to editors:
GambleAware is the leading charity in the UK committed to reducing gambling-related harms. As an independent national charity funded by donations from the gambling industry, GambleAware funds education, prevention and treatment services and commissions research to broaden public understanding of gambling-related harm. The aim is to stop people getting into problems with their gambling, and ensure that those that do develop problems receive fast and effective treatment and support.
GambleAware has launched #CanWeHaveOurBallBack, a new social media initiative that seeks to raise awareness and encourage discussion about the relationship between football and betting. The film-led initiative is designed to generate conversation and prompt reflection about the impact of betting on football. The film can be viewed here https://www.begambleaware.org/can-we-have-our-ball-back