THE ROSS COUNTY FOUNDATION
Ross County aim to branch wider into the Ross-shire and Highland community after its community department officially became a registered charity.
The Scottish Premiership club’s application to the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has been successful and now County hope to be better equipped to win funding to kick off a range of new projects to help many types of groups.
Steven Ferguson, Head of Youth & Community, has worked with a number of people to create the Ross County Foundation and he explained why this move has been so important. He explained: “Throughout Scotland and the UK, football clubs are having a charitable arm and we are going that way too. We have always been big in the community and had a number of long-running and successful community programmes, so now after a lot of hard work, we have managed to get a charitable status, the Ross County Foundation, which is important for when we apply for funding is helps us to source funding to help to deliver programmes to the wider community.
“It’s so important that this football club is at the centre of our community, so that people feel they can work with and alongside us in many types of projects. The Foundation will run as an arm of the football club and it will be run by our youth and community department. It will pull all our community activities together to come under the Ross County Foundation.
“While we will mainly still be running football-orientated programmes, the charitable status allows us to reach out to other groups, covering more people. We are already in discussions with Age Scotland, the Ross-shire Mental Health Group, who we were working with before this development, Alzheimer Scotland, with whom we plan to launch a football memories programme, which is a UEFA initiative.
“Our objectives are to increase participation, to make sure we are all-inclusive, so we cater for every group. We do that at the moment, but this step forward, having a charitable status means if we want to source funding for a walking football group for the elderly, for example, the money would be ring-fenced specifically for that group.” Ferguson added that plans are also afoot for students close to the club will also play their part in creating an identity for the foundation. He said: “We have been in discussions with Dingwall Academy to try and get a specific logo for the Foundation. Hopefully the school will be soon running a competition for students to create the ideal logo.” He added: “We also have a specific area within the stadium which the Foundation will use. That means any groups will have access to that, which will be a real help and can be used on a regular basis.”
The activities undertaken to achieve the Foundation’s charitable will be progressed under the following identifiable pillars: Positive Activity, Health & Wellbeing, Equality & Inclusion, Good Citizenship and Learning.
Thursday, February 11, 2016 9:56 AM