Dundee United Community Trust have been named as one of the 2020 winners of UEFA’s Grassroots Awards, recognising them as one of Europe’s top professional clubs for their work in the community.
As the bronze winner of the Best Professional Club in the Community category, Dundee United Community Trust has been recognised as one of Europe’s top professional clubs with an inclusive agenda or a club specific social objective that demonstrates commitment to its role in society, the local community and the grassroots game.
The club continually work to address community need through the key themes of Healthy Lifestyles, Lifelong Learning, Sport for All and Uniting the Community.
The club will receive a specially produced certificate and 100 footballs to support their grassroots activities.
The Dundee United Community Trust has developed an education programme in partnership with local primary schools which benefits over 300 children. Titled ‘Shoot Back in Time’, the project uses the environment of a football club to engage pupils in numeracy, literacy and communication skills. The club currently runs a mental health football team and plans to launch an amputee football activity across the city as well as weekly sessions for physically disabled children.
The Chair of Dundee United Community Trust David Dorward said: “Dundee United Community Trust are delighted to have been recognised as the third best Professional Football Club Community Trust in Europe.
“This follows the Community Trust being recognised as the best in Scotland last year. Of course, the Trust's motivation is not to achieve awards, but to work in our local community to improve the lives of our fellow citizens, particularly those that are vulnerable and in need of support and a helping hand.
“The range of services the Trust offers in the community is extensive and covers all age groups. Our work is only possible with the support of the Club, the excellent commitment of Jamie Kirk and his staff and, finally, the input from our trustees, volunteers and funders.”
Head of Football Development Andy Gould said: “The Scottish FA would like to congratulate everyone at Dundee United Community Trust for their continued work and efforts in the local community.
“Given the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, it is pleasing to see so many clubs continue to support those in their local areas and this recognition from UEFA is yet another example of Dundee United Community Trust’s commitment. In recent years, the Trust has received recognition regionally and nationally and now has this continental award to add to their list of achievements.
“I applaud and thank the Trust for the work they do in using football and their prominent position within the community to actively change so many people’s lives. The role that Professional Football Clubs working in their community has are vital to our game and it is fantastic to see Dundee United and the Community Trust showing the strength of work that takes place in Scotland.”