SPFL Trust

SPFL Trust

Wednesday, 19th April 2017, 10:00am3:00pm

SPFL Trust’s All Club Conference 2017

Community Project of the Year 2017

Montrose FC & Links Park Community Trust - Community Programme of the Year 2017Montrose FC & Links Park Community Trust - Community Programme of the Year 2017

Today's stop on the Trusted Trophy Tour took us to Hampden to cover the SPFL Trust's All Club Conference where the first ever SPFL Trust Community Project of the Year was awarded.

Four clubs had been shortlisted for the prize on the basis on their community work.

The conference saw presentations from the nominated clubs on their projects followed by a vote by everyone in attendance to find the winner.

The shortlisted projects were Hearts, Montrose's Links Parks Community Trust, Greenock Morton Community Trust and the Rangers Charity Foundation.

Hearts shortlisted project was their trip to Rwanda, in partnership with the East Lothian Council.

This project saw nine coaches from the club and the Scottish FA go to Rwanda to learn about the impact of the 1994 genocide on the country but also to show what the power of the community can do.

In doing so they helped an array of people in Rwanda, leading sessions with homeless and disabled children, as well as female survivors of the genocide.

Greenock Morton Community Trust's shortlisted project was their employability project.

This project work with Inverclyde Council focuses on creating a healthier and more prosperous community in an attempt to be, 'The heartbeat of Inverclyde community'.

The employability project aims to support single parents and long-term unemployed people over the age of 25 into sustained employability, defined as more than 26 weeks' continuous employment.

Morton do this through delivering qualifications such as first aid, IT skills and customer service as well as sessions on how to cope with stress.

Essentially the programme aims to give people a direction, an end goal to chase and ways to break down the barriers that might have stopped them previously.

84% of participants leave the programme feeling more confident and 60% are in work or further education. 71% of those engaged in the programme come from the most deprived areas in Inverclyde and 84% stay in permanent work beyond the six month target.

The Rangers Charity Foundation's shortlisted project was their 'Recovery with Rangers' programme.

Recover with Rangers is a 12 week programme aimed at people struggling with substance and alcohol abuse, a serious issue in Glasgow.

The project aims to use the unique power of football to reach people that normally cannot be reached through more traditional methods.

They spend three hours a week at Ibrox, offering personal development workshops and practical football sessions.

100% of participants said they left with an increased sense of health, well-being and confidence and every participant taking part stayed off drugs and alcohol.

On top of that, 80% engaged positively with employability programmes. As part of sustaining the opportunities created for programme participants, Rangers continue to offer a drop-in session every Monday for past participants.

The final shortlisted project - and the winner of the Community Project of the Year Award - were Montrose's Links Park Community Trust.

Peter Davidson from the trust underlined the focus of Montrose as a community focused club and the responsibility the club has to the well being of the Angus area.

The Links Park Trails programme, developed with teachers aims to change the way that kids learn, with a particular focus on the Curriculum for Excellence's thematic approach to experience-based learning.

Links Park itself, is a core part of the project, bringing pupils into the stadium to work on projects around healthy eating, numeracy, literacy and science.

More than 1000 children a year are engaged in this programme.

What we’ll see

A focus on the SPFL Trust's Annual All Club Conference and SPFL Trust Community Project of the Year for 2017...

About the SPFL Trust

The SPFL Trust works in partnership with Scotland’s 42 professional clubs and external agencies to promote, support, fund and administer activities which help meet the identified social needs of the people of Scotland.

Our purpose is to use football’s unique presence to assist Scotland’s people to achieve their goals and improve their life chances.

Our vision is to work with SPFL clubs to use the unique power of football to engage with communities.

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Scottish Professional Football League Trust

Hampden Park
Letherby Drive
G42 9DE
United Kingdom

+44 (0)141 620 4162