Published: 27th April 2018
Dundee United Community Trust are delighted to host a special day of matchday activities at tomorrow’s match vs Livingston marking their first birthday as DUCT.
Head of Operations Jamie Kirk stated: “It’s great looking back at what has been a terrific year of using the Dundee United Football Club brand to bring about positive change in the local community.
“In 2017/2018 our average weekly engagement has been over 1,000 through direct activities delivered by us and through our strong partnerships such as with Community Learning and Development and Dryburgh Athletic. We have also developed a really strong working partnership with the Scottish FA East Region which sees us support the growth of the game, with particular focus on girls’ and women’s football at the moment. Our educational programmes engaged over 200 children in Dundee and contributed to an improvement in numeracy, literacy and communication skills.
We have helped men and women over 50 get back involved in physical activity through our walking football and walking netball activities held each week and continue to help men and women become fitter and healthier through the Football Fans in Training Programme which is delivered in partnership with the SPFL Trust, using Scottish Government funding.
“We are exceptionally proud of our achievements this year and we have invited our members along to the Livingston match to celebrate with us. We will have Dundee United Community Trust staff and volunteers at the ground on the day so please come and speak to us if you see us. As a registered charity, we rely heavily on grant funding and charitable donations to allow us to continue to improve the lives of people in and around Dundee using the power of sport and the brand of your football club. The generosity of supporters has been fantastic and our last bucket collection raised over £400 which we really appreciate. These donations make such a massive difference.
“We are also delighted, as part of our week long celebration, to announce the release of our first Annual Report. It’s been a fantastic first year for the Community Trust and we would like to take the opportunity to thank each and every one of our members, partners and funders for their support. Special thanks must go to Dundee United FC who have provided unwavering support for the charity since its inception, to ArabTRUST (founders of the charity in 2008 – at that time known as United for All) and Dundee United Development Association. We are already looking forward to seeing what can be achieved in year two and have more exciting news planned early next week."