Arbroath FC Community Trust Receives Defibrillator
8th July 2021
Arbroath FC Community Trust Receives Defibrillator to provide essential support
Arbroath FC Community Trust is proud to announce that we have been awarded a defibrillator for use up at Seaton Park thanks to Scottish Football Partnership Trust.
Arbroath Football Club Community Trust was founded on 13th November 2020 and is now a central pillar of the Arbroath community. There are currently 511 people signed up to the football academy from ages 1 – 78. Due to the increasing amount of community participation up at Seaton Park we are delighted to have been awarded this defibrillator. No age is exempt from heart challenges and following the events during Euro 2020 we have researched the local provision of defibrillators and the area of Seaton is lacking.
Charity Chair, Shelley Hague said that “this is a great piece of kit for this area of Arbroath. After the heartbreaking footage of Danish footballer Christian Eriksen during the Euro 2020 competition it really highlights the importance of this life saving equipment and having over 500 participants from ages 1-78 we consider it essential”.
“The Scottish Football Partnership Trust (SFPT) has teamed up with The Kilpatrick Fraser Charitable Trust (KFCT) for the 3rd consecutive year to put together a funding strand which will see 24 community football clubs provided with a lifesaving defibrillator in 2021. In 2015 Parliament passed the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 giving more rights to community bodies to take over land and buildings in public ownership through asset transfer. Since then, many grassroots community football clubs and organisations across all parts of Scotland have benefitted from these new rights and have been able to take over football pitches and pavilions via Community Asset Transfer. Essentially these football clubs have evolved into becoming community service and facility providers and in recognition of this, the SFPT and the KFCT were keen to assist safeguard the health and wellbeing of players, coaches, parents, grandparents and other members of the wider community who attend these facilities on a weekly basis. We are delighted to be supporting Arbroath F.C. Community Trust and helping to safeguard the users of seaton Park”. Stuart McCaffrey, Chief Operating officer , The Scottish Football Partnership Trust.
In the coming months the trustees will continue the development work and will be talking with the folk of Arbroath to ensure we focus these efforts and develop programs to support local goals.
For more information contact ArbroathFCCT@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ArbroathFCTrust
Arbroath FC Community Trust is a Scottish based charity No. SC050531