Motherwell Football Club Community Trust was incorporated as a Scottish Charity (SC042588) and as a company limited by guarantee (SC406352) in September 2011. The company has assumed responsibility for the management and operation of a range of community-facing sport, recreation, social and community development activities on behalf of Motherwell Football Club.

The aim of the Trust is to use the power of football and the brand name of Motherwell Football Club to motivate and inspire people and communities to change their lives for the better.

The Trust operates across Lanarkshire and works with people and communities of all ages living within areas of multiple deprivation or those affected by issues such as poor physical and mental health, unemployment, poor attainment, low engagement with physical activity and community safety.

The Trust is strongly focused on working in equal partnership with a range of agencies including:

  • Motherwell Football Club
  • North Lanarkshire Council
  • North Lanarkshire Leisure
  • CutureNL
  • NHS Lanarkshire
  • Police Scotland
  • Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
  • Scottish Football Association
  • Scottish Professional Football League
  • Scottish Professional Football League Trust
  • Third Sector Agencies

The Community Trust is the only charitable body with an association to a professional club to be awarded the Scottish Football Association's Quality Mark Award at Legacy Level in the SPFL Premiership and achieved Investors in People and Investors in Young People in March 2016.

Programmes

Grassroots Coaching Programmes

The Community Trust operates a very successful grassroots coaching operation across Lanarkshire aimed at all ages and levels of ability, with participants developing through a player pathway to their optimal level.

The Trust operates a successful Mini Steelkids programme aimed at young children aged between 3 and 5 years. The aim of the programme is to develop a love of football and sport from an early age whilst building physical and mental wellbeing.

The Trust also operates Participation Centres which provide football activities for those young people not wishing to play structured football but who enjoy playing the game.

Over the last three years there has been a strong emphasis on developing grassroots community teams to represent Motherwell Football Club at community level.

The Trust maintains a strong focus on developing girls’ and women’s football. As part of this the Trust has embarked on initiatives such as the Girls’ Performance Centre and a school of football, both unique in Scotland.

All coaching is provided by Scottish FA coaches accredited to a minimum of Level 1.3 on the SFA Coaching pathway.

Our market research has shown that there is a strong market for the provision of community coaching initiatives, particularly amongst children aged 3 to 15. Initiatives such as Over 35s Leagues and Walking Football have also meant that older people who once played the game are being enticed back.

In addition to structured coaching sessions we provide school holiday soccer camps at Easter, Summer and during the October week

Community Development Programmes

The Community Trust delivers a wide range of social and community development programmes funded by external partners. These programmes bring about benefit on an individual and community basis including:

  • increased participation in sport and in particular football
  • improved mental and physical wellbeing
  • increased participation in lifelong learning
  • improved community development
  • increased social and physical regeneration
  • increased participation in arts, culture and heritage

Resources to Let

The Trust continues to offer resources for let including:

  • Learning Centre - fully equipped learning suite with Wi-Fi access accommodating 14 in classroom setup with adjacent breakout zone
  • 52 Learning Zone - fully equipped learning suite with Wi-Fi access accommodating 14 in classroom setup
  • 91 Learning Zone - fully equipped learning suite with Wi-Fi access accommodating 18 in classroom set up

Objectives

The objectives of Motherwell Football Club Community Trust are:

  • The advancement of public participation in sport in Lanarkshire through the promotion alone or in conjunction with others, of participation in football, and other sporting activities and acting as advisors in relation to the development of football and other sporting activities.
  • The advancement of health in Lanarkshire by the promotion, alone or in conjunction with others, of the benefits of physical activity and provision of assistance in relation to sports-related and healthy lifestyle matters.
  • The advancement of education in Lanarkshire by promoting alone or in conjunction with others, football and other sports, IT, literacy, numeracy, life skills and social activities to all sections of the community.
  • The advancement of community development in Lanarkshire by promoting alone or in conjunction with others, participation in football, and other sports, diversionary activities, and citizenship to all sections of the community
  • the promotion of equality and diversity by encouraging participation and integration into a range of inclusive and accessible programmes which strive to bring together all sections of the community.
  • To promote, deliver, and provide a wider understanding and appreciation of the arts generally, heritage and culture alone or in conjunctions with others to all sections of the community.

Mission Statement

To use the power of sport, and in particular football, to motivate, inspire and educate people in our communities to profoundly change their lives for the better.

Values

At the heart of Motherwell Football Club Community Trust are the following values:

  • We are person-centric and put the needs and aspirations of the people and communities whom we serve first.
  • We show respect for all regardless of age, faith, gender, race, colour or ability.
  • We work in partnership with those who share our vision, objectives, values, and passion.
  • We provide professional, innovative, and accessible services which provide value for money.
  • We invest in our staff and volunteers by supporting them to develop their skills, knowledge and experience to achieve our objectives and grow them as people.