Diversity & Inclusion

The Diversity and Inclusion Project has been ongoing at Aberdeen FC Community Trust for over a year now, with two primary aims; to increase awareness and accessibility of opportunities in football for under-represented community groups, particularly those from an ethnic minority and to increase participation of diverse communities within football, along with other AFCCT wider community engagement programmes.

For more information on any Diversity and Inclusion Programmes email harley.hamdani@afccommunitytrust.org

Cultural Awareness Workshops
Educational workshops delivered to grassroots clubs, schools & like-minded organisations to increase awareness of various cultures in the region, potential barriers that may be faced & how to overcome these to increase diversity & inclusion within the game.

Ethnic & Religious Minority Based Club Development
Bespoke development work with local clubs whose membership is primarily made up of those from minority backgrounds, ranging from coach education & mentoring to helping clubs achieve SFA Quality Mark accreditation.

Free To Play Participation Centres
Weekly free to play football centres working through multiple partnerships, from faith centres to diverse community groups, with the aim of increasing participation of children & young people who face various barriers to inclusion.

New Syrian Dons
As a member of the Aberdeen City New Syrian Scots Partnership, as well as holding a strong relationship with Aberdeenshire counterparts, AFCCT has supported the welcoming & integration of Syrian refugees settling into the area. As well as this, a unique programme has been developed through the Garioch Partnership which sees school pupils attending Inverurie Academy attending one football session per week as part of their flexible learning timetable.

Proud Dons
A first in Scotland, the Proud Dons are Aberdeen FC's LGBT Fans Group. Supported by the Club & AFCCT, the Proud Dons aim to provide a social environment in which LGBT people can feel welcome & part of the football club's strong supporter base.

UEFA Captains Of Change
A Game For All - Scottish FA project backed by European football's governing body, aimed at increasing participation of players & coaches from minority groups within grassroots clubs, supporting the clubs to become truly representative of their local community.

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