A series of Community Football Days will take place across Scotland this summer to encourage more players and volunteers to get into the national game.
The family-themed events, run by the Scottish FA in conjunction with McDonald’s, will place a focus on youth participation and will feature a range of activities, including fun football, small-sided games, skills zones, inflatable activities and beat the goalie.
The Community Days, which also feature coach recruitment sessions and fundraising activities, are designed to provide grassroots clubs with the opportunity to raise their profile and encourage new people into the game.
Andy Gould, Head of Regional Development at the Scottish FA, said: “The key aim of the open days is to inspire young people along to their local club and get them participating in football with a view to capturing their enthusiasm longer term. Clubs will also have the opportunity to attract new volunteers and helpers along and show to the whole community what they can provide.
“Our clubs have a huge part to play in the development of our game and this project allows us to support them become more visible and better equipped to grow and spread the enjoyment of our game further.”
The first event took place on Saturday 18 July at Westfield Park in Denny - home of Dunipace Juniors and Central Rio - with the following days planned for around Scotland in the coming weeks:
Sunday 2 August
Linlithgow Rose CFC, Prestonfield Park, Linlithgow; 10:00 - 15:00
Saturday 8 August
Glasgow Girls & Boys Club, Budhill Park, Glasgow; 10:30 - 15:30
Sunday 9 August
Kilbirnie CFC, Valefield, Kilbirnie; 11:00 - 17:00
Gartcairn Football Academy, St Margaret’s High School, Airdrie; 10:30 - 14:30
Sunday 16 August
Dundee East Community Sports Club, Whitton Park, Dundee; 10:00 - 14:30
Sunday 23 August
Broomhill Boys Club, St Patricks High School, Inverclyde; timings tbc
Sunday 13 September
Cove Community Club, Gateway Park, Cove, Aberdeen; timings tbc
Clubs interested in hosting their own Community Football Day should contact their Regional Club Development Manager. Further details are available on the Scottish FA website.
Images courtesy of ScottishFA.co.uk.