Highlands football coaching company Do Soccer has recently had its legal status changed to Community Interest Company, joining only a handful of teams in the Highlands to be granted as such.
Based in Tain, the former independent coaching company run by Mark McAuley, will now be implemented as a CIC from 2016 onwards. “A community interest company or CIC is a limited company that is run for and in the interests of the community and allows all profit to be reinvested back into the business for the good of the community,” according to owner Mark McAuley.
“As Do Soccer was already working in the community delivering after school classes, holiday camps and weekend classes to children of all ages and abilities, it seemed a logical step to change my business to a CIC,” he added.
McAuley is a former community coach at Dunfermline Athletic and held coaching roles with the Scottish FA and the New Zealand FA. After moving up to the Highlands, he set up Do Soccer to provide next level training for boys and girls of all ages.
Due to the change in process, he will be looking for to offer more classes, particularly those in hard to reach areas, for disengaged teenagers and young adults, as well as the possibility of introducing walking football for over 40's.
“[Becoming a CIC] will allow me to expand on the concept of using football as a vehicle to help improve the health and lifestyles of individuals, gain experience of teamwork, and engender a sense of belonging,” added McAuley.
A separate company, Do Soccer Academy, which offers young footballers who show promise the opportunity to train at the next level, will also be changed to a CIC.