Author: Ian Robson

Scottish Lowland Football League extends partnership with FC United To Prevent Suicide

Scottish Lowland Football League extends partnership with FC United To Prevent Suicide

The Scottish Lowland Football League is delighted to announce the extension of the partnership with FC United To Prevent Suicide (FC United).

Last season the naming rights of our League Cup competition were gifted to the movement made up of people from all across Scotland, who are bonded by a common cause – the belief that we all have a part to play in preventing suicide.

The trophy was christened the FC United To Prevent Suicide Lowland League Cup and that will continue for season 2023/24 – kicking off on Saturday, 29 April and culminating in the final on Sunday, 21 May at Berwick Rangers’ Shielfield Park.

Since its inception, the FC United campaign has generated widespread support throughout the Scottish football community and further afield – from the game’s grassroots to high-profile ambassadors.

Lowland League board member – and chairman of Caledonian Braves – Chris Ewing, one of FC United’s signings, has contributed a first-person written piece on his own mental health struggles over the years. The Lowland League is determined to continue flying the flag for such an important subject.

Lowland League chairman Thomas Brown said: “Continuing this partnership with FC United To Prevent Suicide is the easiest decision we, as a board, will make all season by some distance. “We talk about wanting to make a positive impact in our communities and this is one way we can play our part because, sadly, so many lives are touched by suicide.

“If the messaging around the campaign can save one life, this will have been worth it.”

In 2020, the National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group (NSPLG) launched the United To Prevent Suicide social movement, with the goal of making Scotland ‘the most supportive country on earth’. The aim was to break the stigma around the word ‘suicide’ and get people across the country to pledge their support to take action to prevent suicide.

FC United was created, in part, to target a demographic deemed to be most at risk – harnessing the power of football to spread the simple, important message that we need to Talk, Listen and Save Lives.

Kirstie Cusick, Social Movement Development Manager at United To Prevent Suicide, said: “Once again, we welcome the support from the Lowland League – which has extended far beyond the naming rights to their League Cup. “Their pledge was simple, that they would offer their backing in any way that we could. It’s heartening, humbling and very much in the spirit of this suicide prevention campaign.

“We have been touched by the way FC United has been embraced by the wider Scottish football community, but there’s no complacency. This is an ongoing issue to tackle and together we can make a difference and save lives.” The United To Prevent Suicide social movement was established as part of Every Life Matters, Scotland’s former Suicide Prevention Action aimed at making suicide prevention everyone’s business.

This work is now continuing under Creating Hope Together: Scotland’s new Suicide Prevention Strategy.

Click here to learn more about the FC United campaign.

You can read Chris Ewing’s account of his own mental health journey here.

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The Spartans have won the 2022/23 Park’s Motor Group Scottish Lowland Football League.

The Spartans have won the 2022/23 Park’s Motor Group Scottish Lowland Football League.

League Chairperson, Thomas Brown, congratulates the club on their title win.
He said: “As The Spartans are confirmed winners of the Park’s Motor Group Scottish Lowland Football League, I would like to congratulate the club’s players, management team and board on their achievement.
“It’s a fantastic accomplishment and they are undoubtedly deserving champions.
“Everyone at the Lowland League wishes them all the very best in the play-off later this month.”

Spartans will host the winners of the Scottish Highland League on April 29 with the second leg taking place one week later.

2022/23 Lowland League Cup Draw

The Scottish Lowland Football League has today published the 2022/2023 League Cup Draw

You can find the draws for the 1st Round, Quarter Finals and Semi Finals of this year’s competition below and on our League Cup page.

1st Round

Match 1University of Stirling4:2Cowdenbeath
Match 2Civil Service Strollers4:2Albion Rovers
Match 3Gala Fairydean Rovers3:0Linlithgow Rose
Match 4Bo'ness United2:0Gretna 2008
Match 5Tranent2:0East Stirlingshire
Match 6Cumbernauld Colts3:0Edinburgh University
Match 7Broomhill1:2East Kilbride

Quarter Finals

QF1East KilbridevBo'ness United
QF2Cumbernauld Colts2:1Berwick Rangers
QF3Tranent2:2 (4:3p)Civil Service Strollers
QF4Gala Fairydean Rovers2:0University of Stirling

Semi Finals

SF1TranentvCumbernauld Colts
SF2East Kilbride or Bo'ness UnitedvGala Fairydean Rovers



Partnership with Park’s Motor Group

The Scottish Lowland Football League is delighted to announce an exciting new two-year partnership with Park’s Motor Group.

Park’s have demonstrated their support for the Scottish game by taking on the naming rights for the league, which will be referred to as The Park’s Motor Group Scottish Lowland Football League.

It represents a five-figure injection into the game at this level, with the option of a third year to the agreement already in place.

The Scottish Lowland Football League chairperson, Thomas Brown, said: “We’re delighted to have Park’s Motor Group on board as our title sponsor for the league. They have demonstrated their commitment to Scottish football and, particularly, in this case, the Lowland League.

“At a time when our member clubs are trying to excite and innovate, while dealing with the reality of the fall-out of the pandemic and a harsh economic climate, the additional income and support has to be welcomed.

“We look forward to working together with Park’s to help develop the Lowland League.”

A Park’s Motor Group spokesperson said: “We are really pleased to be able to support the Lowland League, whose clubs are at the centre of their communities.

“They play an important role in helping to nurture not only the next generation of Scottish football supporters, but some of the best young, up-and-coming players in the country. 

“There’s a lot of interest in the league this season and we are proud to play our part in its progression.”

Parks Motor Group sponsorship