The DFC in the Community Trust was established in November 2017 as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO). The purpose is to promote education and public participation in sport through the organisation of recreational activities leading to an improvement in the participants’ living conditions.
-The increase of public participation in sport, by providing the opportunity for adults & the youth within the City of Dundee and its surroundings; to train and play football.
-To organise recreational activities for people living in Dundee and its surrounding areas with the purpose of improving the health, fitness and wellbeing of all people regardless of their ages or gender; through public participation in physical exercise.
-The advancement of education by providing fundings and opportunities for the delivery of educational initiatives.
-To improve the social inclusion of people in the community.
Since its creation in January 2018, the DFC in the Community Trust have gained several financial awards from Erasmus+ and The Big Lottery Fund; allowing them to provide a 12 weeks training course programme at Dens Park, approaching “Life skills” subjects, such as Discipline, Health, Nutrition, Basic Spanish, and Writing skills to 20 disadvantaged children aged 13-17 from the Dundee area in Scotland. This has resulted in an exchange partnership with Fundacion Cordoba CF in October 2018, in which 20 children accompanied by 5 coaches, headed to Cordoba for a week dedicated to education and exchange.
The Trust also has a monthly “ Football Memories”, which is a programme supported by Alzheimer’s Scotland. At each session, up to 24 participants suffering from this illness are being entertained through pictures, videos, and memories of Scottish and International football.
The Trust is also successfully running the “ Football Fans in Training ( FFIT )”, a project existing since 2010 in collaboration with the Scottish Professional Football League Trust, that welcomes up to 60 participants each year. The programme focuses on the implementation of physical training sessions, that are specifically designed to reduce weight; while also educating the participants on the importance of a good nutrition and overall direct them towards a healthier lifestyle.
The weekly Walking Football programme has also become an essential project led by the Trust. With an average participation of 16 players per week, the project is quite popular amongst the middle-aged participants, through which they can keep being fit and healthy. A number of health benefits are attached to participating in walking football with improvements noted in players blood pressure and mobility. It is however not all about the health benefits, as walking football also offers huge social benefits. Participants can meet new people, avoid becoming isolated, interact with individuals and small groups and attend first team matches together. More details…