East Kilbride FC will take part in Non-League Day next month as the Lowland League bids to attract new supporters to the fifth tier of Scottish football.
Originally founded in 2010 as an event in England to encourage supporters of Premier League and Championship clubs to watch non-league football over an international break, Non-League Day has seen some huge increases in crowds and the SLFL are excited to see what can be done in Scotland.
The SLFL are supporting the 2017 edition, which be held on Saturday, October 7.
No league fixtures will be held that weekend with the Scotland national side facing Slovenia on the Sunday in a World Cup qualifier.
Only a handful of SPFL fixtures will be held with the IRN-BRU Cup third round taking place, so it will provide a platform for clubs to promote non-league football.
All 16 Lowland League sides will be in action with East Kilbride hosting Edusport Academy at K-Park.
James Doe, founder of Non-League Day, set it up in England back in 2010 and is looking forward to seeing the reception it gets north of the border.
He said: “Over the last seven years we have built an event which has become an annual part of the football calendar and have attracted the support not only of the clubs and fans involved but also the FA and Premier League in England.
“We have seen many clubs double their average attendance and in some cases even pull in capacity crowds so the rewards can be substantial.
“With there being a similar league/non-league structure in Scotland, it’s always been an aim of ours to get Scottish clubs fully involved so it was very exciting to be contacted by the Lowland League ahead of this year’s event.
“Hopefully its member clubs will also reap some of the huge benefits seen by many clubs here in England.”
Non-League Days in the past have seen clubs reduce tickets prices and even offer giveaways of beer and ice cream, although it is unclear if any of the Lowland clubs will be adopting any of these incentives.
A spokesman for the SLFL said: “The Lowland League represents quality football at an affordable price and this is an opportunity for both casual fans and certified football hipsters to check out some of the best young talent in Scottish football and some faces from SPFL seasons past that you just might recognise.”