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Scottish Community Clubs Contribute Tens of Millions to Local Communities

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Scottish community clubs have contributed tens of millions of euros to their local communities, according to a pioneering research study conducted by UEFA.
The UEFA study was started to try and find out the tangible impact that clubs had on their local communities and the value that their projects and programmes had. Ayr United Football Academy and Spartans Community Football Academy were the two Scottish clubs chosen for the study.
The research from the study showed that Ayr United contributed almost €10 million in value to the surrounding community, including:
  • €4.8 million euros in subjective wellbeing
  • More than €500,000 euros in improved mental health
  • €275,000 value in tackling dementia
  • €250,000 in combatting abscences from school
  • €350,000 in educational attainment
Spartans contributed more than €6 million in value to their community, including:
  • €2.5 million euros from investment in infrastructure
  • €1 million euros in value from volunteering
  • €1.5 million euros value in subjective wellbeing
  • €170,000 euros in improved mental health
  • €100,000 euros in reducing Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes


Ian Maxwell, Scottish FA Chief Executive: “This next phase of UEFA research is invaluable in proving that the benefits of Scottish football extend far beyond 90 minutes.

“We have been well aware for some time of the importance of Scottish community clubs to their local areas and this study now helps us put a figure on that.

“The fantastic work that Ayr United and Spartans undertake has long established them as pillars of their respective communities and it is rewarding to see such impressive figures in vital areas such as health and mental wellbeing.

“Having access to this data will hopefully go some way to helping these community clubs to attract further investment, allowing them to improve what they offer to their communities and, in turn, growing the value that they provide.”

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