Scratch for Saints, the club’s scratch card scheme, was launched on 26 December, 2015 and has become an instant hit with supporters and the wider community. The fund raising scheme was devised by a member of the Fans Council to help generate additional revenues to help assist the Youth Academy and other joint projects conceived by the club and the SMFansCouncil. Its success has enabled us, to generate thousands of pounds to assist with St.Mirren Youth Development . E.g £1000 towards the purchase of new goal posts for the Academy (in conjunction with SMISA who also contributed £1000) and to provide a further contribution of £1000 to secure new training ground equipment.
Scratch for Saints was carefully devised to ensure that it appealed to the club’s supporters as it also provided prizes of a non-cash nature. Although it has a maximum cash prize value of £100, season 2015/2016’s cards also provided “Hot Card” prizes that provided a signed team shirt for lucky winners. The ratio of winning cards was also set at 1:25 to ensure that fans were provided a greater chance of winning prizes.
This season, 2016/2017 we have improved the Hot Card prizes to provide FREE gym membership for a year (worth over £300) and this has been provided by our card sponsors, Planet Bodybuild in Paisley. The new card design features two of the 1987 Scottish Cup winning squad – Tony Fitzpatrick and Billy Abercrombie – and also provides a FREE gym day pass for ALL cards bought. Card buyers present their used scratch card and can enjoy a gym visit, guided tuition and a discounted membership fee.