SPFL Trusted Trophy Tour

Fri, 21st Apr 2017 7:20pm

The SPFL Trust's nationwide 'Trusted Trophy Tour' visited Broadwood earlier this week, to highlight the excellent work being carried out by the Clyde FC Community Foundation.

The focus of the visit was the mental health programme which is run in partnership with NHS Lanarkshire.

Launched in the second half of 2016, the 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 and go by the name, Clyde United.

Tom Elliott, Community Development Manager explains: "The programme was established about eight or nine months ago working with Martin Tobin from the NHS.

"We came up with a basic football programme that was aimed at mental health issues and addictions 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. Some of them now volunteer with us on a matchday and quite a few of them are going through their SFA Level One coaching certificate.

"We're looking at there being a pathway for Clyde United participants. Our vision is using the unique power football has to deliver key messages and that is run all through our foundation programmes."

One unique aspect of the programme that was on show on the day was the use of bikes. Following a programme called Carbon Clyde which ran last year focusing on cycling, the club had a number of bikes and wanted to put them to good use.

The Clyde United team were offered the chance to use them and it has become a favourite part of the weekly sessions.

Martin Tobin, Clinical Health Care Support Worker, Cumbernauld's Community Mental Health Team 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," he said.

"This group has grown like a rocket over the last six or seven months. You can see by looking at these boys 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"These are people that because of the nature of their illness they were withdrawn and now they're healthy, they're doing fitness and they're volunteering here in the club and at New College Lanarkshire. It's had an unbelievable impact."

As well as getting the chance to have their photo taken with the SPFL trophies, the programme participants also got a chance to meet and have their picture taken with current Clyde co-manager, Jon Paul McGovern.

Speaking about the Tour's visit to Clyde Community Foundation chair John McKinnon, added: "Today is an excellent event. The Clyde United boys are just loving it.

"They're up close and personal to the silverware and we're very thankful to the SPFL for that. As you can see from the guys it's an exciting day for them. We'll count the trophies in and out to make sure none stay here at Clyde!"

Visit the Trusted Trophy Tour website for more information and to view a video and more pictures from this week's visit to Broadwood.