The club feel very strongly about our responsibilities in the community. We are a community club and take our responsibilities seriously.
We try to do as much as we can in the community and the following are examples of what we have done in recent years.
The club in partnership with Alzeimers Scotland run a Football Memories group for local men with Dementia. The group meets once a month at Gayfield and the participants come along and enjoy reminiscing about old games, old players and any other fond memories / interests in football.
This not only benefits the group member but also their carers who can either join in with the reminiscing or enjoy a cup of tea and a blether with other carers.
The group meets at Gayfield Park on the last Wednesday of the Month from 10:00-11:30am.
In 2017 when the club won the SPFL Ladbrokes League Two trophy, we were determined that the trophy would not sit in the boardroom gathering dust.
All the clubs sponsors had the opportunity to share in the joy and excitement of winning a national trophy for only the second time in the clubs long history.
The trophy visited every local school, nursing home, it attended birthday parties and many many other unusual places during its busy year in Arbroath. The trophy also brought joy to a number of supporters who unfortunately were not well and it was great to see the boost that it gave to them and their families.
It is just like waiting for a bus as another national trophy win has come along not far behind the last one. This one is special as it’s the SPFL Ladbrokes League One trophy which is the biggest national honour the club has ever won in its 140 year plus history.
Once again the club will embark on a year long trophy tour to match the previous tour only two years ago. The club would welcome enquiries from local group or supporters who feel a visit from the trophy would benefit them during season 2019/20.
For some it’s the most wonderful time of the year. For others, it is the opposite, with few friends or family, loneliness bears down and Christmas can feel a dark time.
And so Festive Friends, in many ways a simple concept, was born out of an opportunity to create something special for those suffering the effects of isolation at a time of year when they need it most.
We are delighted to welcome several elderly local groups to Gayfield for a tasty Christmas lunch, the means to get here, and back but more importantly the companionship and support often so desperately needed for elderly, vulnerable people.
The reality is when you don’t eat well, and spend far too much time on your own you risk your physical and mental health.
HOW IT WORKS
Identify – Clubs identify vulnerable or isolated groups, through existing programmes or partnerships.
Accessibility – Transport is organised for participants to attend and return home from the event.
Lunch – A full Christmas lunch is served for everyone.
Fun – Fun, games and gifts are put on for all guests.
Listen – Staff take the time to listen to guests and talk with them.
The Mental Health First Aid bespoke training is provided by NHS Scotland and Positive Mental Health Scotland.
The clubs trained staff are able to provide Arbroath FC players and employees initial support, help prevent the problem from getting worse, and have the tools to give comfort. They are able to talk about suicide, recognise the signs of mental health problems and know how to guide a person to appropriate help.
The club has now run three Football Fans In Training (FFIT) programmes for the clubs supporters.
The Scottish Government backed programme runs for men and women, aged 35-65 who have a waist size in excess of 38 inches.
The course combines light physical exercise with advice on healthy eating and nutrition.
The programme is run throughout Scotland and since 2011 a staggering 17,114kg has been lost nationally by its participants.
The course was run in partnership with the SPFL Trust and locally it is delivered by trained instructors from the Empire Gym, Arbroath.
The success of FFIT has led to a number of men continuing their physical activity levels by then taking part in Walking Football and other sports. A large number of women have also completed the course and some have generated friendships and continued to meet up and take part in leisurely walks.
The club has delivered this programme to young Lichties in partnership with the local library. The initiative was launched in 2017 and it centres on a reading “challenge card” which the club and library issue. For every book read, children receive a stamp on their card. Once the young Lichties have read four books, they receive a FREE match ticket, while an accompanying adult will be able to purchase a discounted ticket.
Funding for the 4-4-2 Reading Challenge was generously provided by the SPFL Trust.
Easter and Christmas Treats.
We have been fortunate enough to be supplied with Easter Eggs and Christmas selection boxes by our local Tesco store throughout the year.
The club in partnership with Tesco’s were delighted to provide over 100 selection boxes to vulnerable children in the local area.
The club got the gifts signed by the players. which made them a bit more special. They were then distributed to children in the area who are less fortunate than most and who have been in contact with local groups including Barnardos, Young Carers, Tayside Council on Alcohol and Brambles.
A small gesture perhaps but one that can make a big difference to a child at Christmas.
This project was repeated at Easter time when 125 signed Easter eggs were handed out.
The club would once again like to thank Tesco’s for supporting us with this project that definitely made a difference in the community.