Motherwell Football Club Community Trust – Project “WELLBEING”

Recommendation to Well Society Membership

Motherwell Football Club Community Trust – Project “WELLBEING”

The Well Society was set up as the vehicle to achieve fan-ownership and the Society is designed to support Motherwell Football Club in whatever way it can.

The vast majority of WS funds from Members’ Direct Debits and other fund-raising initiatives goes directly to the main budget for the Football Club. We have committed to give £120,000 to the Club each year, and in the future we hope to be able to give even more.

But Motherwell is more than a Football Club; for example, it includes the Community Trust and the Youth Academy. As you will have read, the Well Society donated £5,000 earlier this year to support some urgent needs within the Youth Academy.

The Community Trust, which does such great work in this neighbourhood, is seeking funding for Project “Wellbeing”. The aim of the project is to educate children about health and wellbeing through the medium of football. The programme will be linked to the Curriculum for Excellence, and therefore make it an attractive option for teachers.

The Trust will send staff and paid sessional coaches into fourteen primary schools to deliver an eight-week programme. Topics covered will include alcohol awareness, healthy eating, physical activity, positive mental health and social wellbeing.

The anticipated outcomes are as follows:

  • Young people are aware of their feelings and are developing the ability to talk about them.
  • Young people understand that people can feel alone and can be misunderstood and left out by others. They are learning how to give appropriate support.
  • Young people are developing an understanding of the human body and can use this knowledge to maintain and improve their wellbeing and health.
  • Young people learn about different foods, discovering ways in which eating and drinking may help them grow and keep healthy.
  • Young people understand that nutritional needs change at different stages of life and that some people may eat or avoid certain foods.
  • Young people understand that alcohol and drugs can affect people’s ability to make decisions

One of the key results will be to encourage young people to make positive lifestyle changes. The Trust will leave posters highlighting the key learning points in each of the 14 schools, and, by linking the outcomes to the national curriculum, ensure that the topics are reinforced by class teachers.

The Well Society has discussed this project in depth with Dawn Middleton of the Community Trust and we are convinced that it is a valuable and important programme for the welfare of a large number of primary school children at a formative period in their lives.

The Board has unanimously agreed to recommend that the Well Society make a grant of £5,000 to the Community Trust to cover the cost of project “WELLBEING”.

Kindly indicate whether or not you support the Well Society’s recommendation to make this donation to the Motherwell Football Club Community Trust by clicking here. Votes must be in by 5pm on Wednesday 3rd of October.

.Thanks again for all your support!