Clyde United

Launched in the second half of 2016, the Clyde United programme looks to support people who suffer from mental illness and addictions by helping them using football.

Since being formed, it has grown rapidly to the extent that the group are now part of a league.

Clyde United

Tom Elliott, Community Development Manager at the Clyde FC Community Foundation said:-

"The programme was established in October 2016 after a coffee and chat with Martin Tobin from the NHS. From the very start, Martin and I shared the same vision of helping to make a difference to people’s lives.

“We came up with a football programme - one hour per week on the main pitch at Clyde FC and it has grown from there over the last few months. The guys come in once a week and it's very basic; it's football. We get them out and active and that's really it.

“This programme is about them coming in and moving on. Five participants now volunteer for Clyde on a matchday, one is now a volunteer coach with Clyde in the Community teams and seven of the group have achieved the SFA Level  1 coaching certificate. 

“The group now take part in the SFA disability league and travel all over Scotland on a monthly basis including Aberdeen, Perth, Glasgow and Falkirk playing in league matches. This is a brilliant experience for all of them and getting them mixing and playing together has lots of positive benefits.”

Clyde United

Martin Tobin, Clinical Health Care Support Worker, Cumbernauld's Community Mental Health Team also spoke highly of the programme's impact:-

"This started out of an identified need for a football group to support men to achieve wellness and health in the Cumbernauld area, especially mental health and addictions. This group has grown like a rocket over the last 12 months.

"You can see by looking at these boys in the training matches at Broadwood how good an impact it's had. Five or six months ago they wouldn't even have looked at you.

"These are people that because of the nature of their illness they were withdrawn and now they're healthy, they're doing fitness and they're volunteering at Clyde and at New College Lanarkshire. It's had an unbelievable impact."

If you would like to get involved or learn more about Clyde United, please email tom.elliott@clydefc.co.uk.