Football, Health and Wellbeing
Promoting health and wellbeing through football and other activities forms the mainstay our second key theme.
FOOTBALL HEALTH AND WELLBEING
Partnership working is the cornerstone of our Football, Health, and Wellbeing work. Linking with the Scottish Football Association, local authorities, Sport Aberdeen, and grassroots clubs, we support the growth of football participation across the Northeast. We provide a range of football opportunities to promote enjoyment and development for young people and coaches.
As a community trust, it is fundamental we adapt to the ever-changing needs of our community. As well as established health and wellbeing programmes such as health walks and active ageing activities, new initiatives addressing the menopause and men’s mental health support key community needs. Aberdeen Health and Social Care Partnership, SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health), Alzheimer Scotland and community groups enable us to deliver in our community.
In 2018, the UEFA SFA Social Return on Investment report demonstrated that Aberdeen FC Community Trust (AFCCT) and partners were helping to add £97million of value to the region through its work in encouraging participation in football and delivering football-related activities in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire.
We have provided a wide range of grassroots and mass participation football opportunities across the city and Aberdeenshire, including coaching, term time coaching, holiday camps, primary school football, and girls’ leagues and festivals.
With a focus on inclusion and opportunity as well as fun, the growth of girls’ football has been a priority, alongside the addition of new venues and locations to increase participation for all.
PRIMARY SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Aberdeen FC Community Trust Primary Schools Football was founded during the 2014-15 season as a platform to provide children with a safe and enjoyable environment to play football in Aberdeen. AFCCT Primary Schools Football has expanded and is now the only primary school football league within the city.
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During the Easter, Summer, October, and Winter breaks, AFCCT Holiday Coaching works with boys and girls aged 5-12 years. Taking place at venues across Aberdeen City and Shire, our holiday coaching
programmes are delivered by AFCCT coaches in a fun and safe environment, focusing on teamwork and developing football skills.
We are working in partnership with the Scottish FA, Scottish Women’s Football and Tendeka to deliver
football to girls aged 5-12 across the North-East. Women’s and girls’ football is the fastest growing sport in the world and Aberdeen FC Community Trust are playing a key role in developing the game regionally. Girl’s football is delivered at Aberdeen FC’s training ground, Cormack Park. With the Trust’s continued investment in equality within the sport, locally the game will continue to thrive.
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HEALTH AND WELLBEING
Working to support all age groups in the community our work is inclusive and provides opportunities to support the health and wellbeing of all age groups. This is exemplified in our dementia friendly initiatives which aim to provide a safe, welcoming environment for those living with dementia and their families. Our work supports mental and physical wellbeing, whilst also combating social isolation and loneliness. It is important for us to engage with our communities and allow them to feel connected to the Club and the Trust.
We cover a diverse range of activities, particularly in support of active ageing, from physical activity such as health walks to programmes for those with dementia and memory impairment. Our “Football Memories” programme, run with Alzheimer Scotland, enables conversations around the shared interest of football and past games, often with former Dons players.
Annually across all Health and Wellbeing programmes we attracted 4,160 participations in 2021-22, of which 42 participants are living with dementia.
HEALTH AND WELLBEING PROGRAMMES
Health walks are weekly walks that take place around Aberdeen City. Delivered by fully trained staff, these inclusive, dementia friendly walks aim to break down barriers and improve physical and mental wellbeing. Walking outdoors encourages positive mental health and tackles social isolation whilst also giving an opportunity to get active and connect with others.
THE CHANGING ROOM
The Changing Room promotes men’s mental health and wellbeing through the power of football. The programme brings together men aged 30-64 to help them self-manage their own mental health whilst giving them access to a strong support network. The programme is a Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) project that works in partnership with the SPFL Trust, and football club charities across Scotland, while being funded by the global men’s health charity, Movember. The course uses football, along with a variety of other activities such as walking football and walk n talks, to explore areas that may challenge them.
Football Memories is an inclusive project which runs in partnership with Memories Scotland and Alzheimer Scotland. The project allows individuals living with dementia and memory impairments a safe space to be themselves. By looking at old football memorabilia and past games, participants are encouraged and empowered to have a voice and join in with conversations around a common interest. We are privileged to be supported by former players who regularly join our sessions.