Arbroath FC Comm unity Trust was formed on 13th November 2020 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic when a group of likeminded people from within the club and the local community sought to do more for the people of Arbroath.
The trust focusses on 5 key pillars of community growth and development; Health, Sport, Education, Community and Inclusion and all of the activities and projects delivered by the Trust fall into one, or more, of these pillars. Our key vision is “To improve the life chances of the people of Arbroath”.
During the past two years, we have delivered on a broad range of projects and are always striving to do more for the people of Arbroath. All activity carried out by the trust is community led and meets community demand. If there is no need or demand for it, we quite simply won’t run it. This ethos allows us to streamline our activity and to deliver on projects that really matter to our local community.
Our projects are wide-ranging with a range of positive outcomes for individuals and families in the local area. A few highlights include;
Our football academy runs from Monday to Saturday each week, delivering around 20 hours of football activity to the people of Arbroath ranging from our mini kickers classes for children aged 2-3 up to our walking football classes targeted at the over 50’s and at times we’ve had attended aged 2 to 79 on the same day.
Women and Girls physical activity and health is a key focus for us and as a result, we offer a range of dedicated football activities culminating in our women’s recreational football team who compete in festivals across the region.
Post-pandemic, mental health and wellbeing services were at bursting point with wait times for appointments at an all-time high and demand on clinical services was incredible. With this in mind, we have partnered with a range of stakeholders who assist us in the delivery of a range of services in Arbroath to help to bridge that gap.
Both Penumbra Mental Heath and our friends at Reach Across assist us by providing expert advice and counselling to people in the town in a timely manner whilst Andy’s Man Club and our recently launched Lichtie Ladies in partnership with the local Women’s Wellbeing Group, make sure we cater for those looking for help in an informal, non-clinical setting.
Our Youth Forum was established in 2021 and allows the young people of Arbroath to have their say on what their community needs.
The forum meets regularly and focusses on specific themes in each of their sessions such as the local environment, keeping Arbroath tidy or their own experiences on match days at Gayfield with many of their ideas and suggestions already making an impact on their community.
As time passes, the Trust continues to grow and evolve, and the future looks bright as we continue to work with local grass roots clubs to advance our offering on the pitch whilst continuing to partner up with local and national stakeholders to ensure that we provide the best possible services for the people of Arbroath.
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