Celtic FC Foundation is a registered Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (number SC024648) and we strive to honour the charitable principles and heritage of Celtic Football Club.
We aim to respond to the needs of disadvantaged children, young people and adults in our local communities to improve Health, promote Equality, encourage Learning and tackle Poverty.
We do this through the delivery of a series of key needs-led projects, which are funded through a number of grants and awards, together with a calendar of fundraising events and initiatives.
- To assist with the alleviation of poverty on our own doorstep and beyond
- To provide access to education for children and adults, helping combat social issues
- To promote health and wellbeing to all, through the use of sport and education
- To help create opportunity and a sense of purpose
- To uphold and promote the charitable principles and heritage of Celtic Football Club
- To deliver change and purpose to the Celtic Family and beyond
As one of three benefactors, we wanted to share some more information on one of the many programmes that ” Celtic FC Foundation” operates:
Project Overview – H.E.L.P.
Below are selected examples of our project work in areas of Health, Equality, Learning and Poverty (please note, projects may include outcomes across multiple strands) –
Health – Gateway to Health and Opportunity
Made possible by funding from Big Lottery Scotland, Clyde Gateway and West of Scotland Housing Association, this comprehensive 10-week project comprises information workshops on nutrition and well-being, and crucially, a challenging curriculum of physical activity, encouraging healthy habits that can last a lifetime.
Across 2015/16, 88 participants engaged with Gateway to Health and Opportunity with the entirety demonstrating marked improvements in their mental health and 71 participants collectively losing 373lbs in weight – a total of just under 26 and a half stone. In the same period, 12 participants gained employment, 47 realised volunteering opportunities and 43 progressed into further education.
Equality – Ability Counts
Celtic FC Foundation’s award-winning Ability Counts project offers weekly football coaching and dance elements, promoting inclusion, diversity and friendship between children and young people with Down’s Syndrome.
Over the years, Ability Counts has incrementally evolved, with 2015 heralding the introduction of an additional strand encompassing children with Autism – improving participant confidence, social development and overall well-being.
Prioritising the holistic well-being and development of children, young people and their families, Ability Counts helped around 70 households across both strands in 2015/16.
Learning – Multimedia Schools Project
In partnership with Education Services, the Multimedia Schools Project is aimed at pupils with highest risk of non-attendance, behavioural issues and lack of direction. This project delivers practical learning opportunities around filming and editing, instilling pupils with improved levels of confidence and experience of working co-operatively in a group setting.
Proving to be an innovative and hugely popular initiative, the Multimedia Schools Project saw engagement from 48 pupils across four local schools, with all participants demonstrating positive outcomes.
Poverty – CashBack: Gateway to Employment
Delivered by Celtic FC Foundation and funded by the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities initiative, Gateway to Employment is a bespoke 10-week employability project aimed at young adults aged between 16 and 25 who have offended, are at risk of (re)offending, or live in an area with a high risk of crime.
Addressing root causes of deprivation, 36 individuals took part across the year, culminating in 18 finding employment and 14 others progressing into training or education.
You can help “The Celtic FC Foundation” continue with their good work, by making a small donation:
Text LISB17 followed by £1, £5 or £10 to 70070