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Open Petitions - Petition PE1319  
Petition by William Smith and Scott Robertson calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to investigate the (1) legal status and appropriateness of professional SFA clubs entering into contracts with children under 16 years; (2) audit process and accountability of all public funds distributed by the Scottish Football Association to its member clubs; (3) social, educational and psychological affects and legality of SFA member clubs prohibiting such children from participating in extra curricular activity; and (4) appropriateness of 'compensation' payments between SFA member clubs for the transfer of young players under the age of 16 years; and to (5) increase the educational target from 2 hours curricular physical activity to four hours per week; and (6) develop a long-term plan to provide quality artificial surfaces for training and playing football at all ages across all regions.  
Petitioner: William Smith  
Number of signatures: 1124  
Date lodged: 11 March 2010  
SPICe Briefing: Briefing for PE1319 
Summary:

Written Questions for PE1319  

Written Submissions for PE1319  

20 April 2010 :   The Committee took evidence from William Smith and Scott Robertson and agreed to write to the Scottish Government, Scottish Football Association, Scottish Football League, Scottish Premier League, Scottish Amateur Football Association, Scottish Youth Football Association, STUC, Scottish Child Law Centre, Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People, KNVB (Royal Dutch Football Association), a selection of local authorities (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, North Ayrshire) and the Department for Business, Inovation and Skills seeking responses to points raised in the petition and during the discussion. The Committee also agreed to write to Henry McLeish of the Scottish Football Review Committee to give evidence. <Link to Official Report 20 April 2010 

29 June 2010 :   The Committee agreed to write again to the Scottish Amateur Football Association, STUC, Scottish Child Law Centre, KNVB (Royal Dutch Football Association), Edinburgh City Council, North Ayrshire Council and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills seeking the responses to its earlier letter which are outstanding. It also agreed to write to Henry McLeish of the Scottish Football Review Committee to give evidence. <Link to Official Report 26 June 2010  

5 October 2010 :   The Committee took evidence from Henry McLeish, Chairman, Scottish Football Review Committee and agreed to write to the Scottish Government, Scottish Football Asscociation, Scottish Child Law Centre and to Mr McLeish seeking responses to points raised in the petition and during the discussion. Link to Official Report 5 October 2010" 

23 November 2010 :   The Committee agreed to invite the Minister for Public Health and Sport, Chief Executive of the Scottish Football Asscociation, Chief Executive of the Scottish Premier League, Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People, sportscotland and the Chief Executive of Rangers Football Club and Celtic Football Club to give oral evidence at a future meeting. Link to Official Report 23 November 2010" 

11 January 2011 :   The Committee took evidence from Shona Robison MSP, Minister for Public Health and Sport, Scottish Government; Stewart Regan, Chief Executive, Scottish Football Association, Neil Doncaster, Chief Executive, Scottish Premier League; Tam Baillie, Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People; Jim Sinclair, Director of Youth Development, Rangers Football Club; and Chris McCart, Head of Academy and Youth, Celtic Football Club. The Committee agreed to await the outcome of the Scottish Football Associations' Review Group findings. It also agreed to invite, in its legacy paper, the Session 4 Public Petitions Committee to give further consideration to the petition. <Link to Official Report 11 January 2011 

 
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