As one of Scotland’s most historic football clubs, Dumbarton FC is proud to be part of the local community. Our aim is to be a Club for all – working with neighbourhood organisations, businesses, charities and individuals for the betterment of the area. We are working to enable improvements in physical, psychological and mental well-being through sporting and non-sporting activities.
These are currently provided to local schools, youth groups, care home residents, WDCVS (West Dunbartonshire) and members of youth football teams.
Alongside our Stadium sponsor, rail safety and engineering company C&G Systems, we are engaging with local schools in having Rail Safety Awareness training linked to stadium tours and the offering of free season tickets to Under-12s. This work also involves Network Rail. The Club is also looking to build environmental responsibility into all our activities.
We will be offering socially-distanced meeting space at the Club during the pandemic. We have recently facilitated a successful pilot of an interactive session for patients in the Fruin Ward of the Vale of Leven Hospital and it is intended that this will be repeated.
We are planning a series of networking events, in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce, to support businesses emerging from this difficult period, to share knowledge and ideas, to widen our contacts, and to lay foundations for future success. We are also wanting to forge links with local trade unions.
In conjunction with the excellent work done by West Dunbartonshire Community and Volunteering Services (WDCVS), we now extend a welcome to those who are experiencing loneliness by providing tickets for them to attend matches at our Stadium.
The Club regularly takes school and youth groups for matchday stadium tours, providing information and inspiration about the history of Dumbarton FC, and how sport has played a significant in Dunbartonshire/Argyll & Bute over the years. Young Sons TV project also offers media experience opportunities for those involved.
We have formed a pathway partnership with Dumbarton United AFC, which was founded in 1958 and has been developing local footballing talent for over 55 years.
We are happy to assist in fundraising for local charities supporting the elderly, homeless people, veterans and others – including periodic collections at the ground.
We are delighted to be a venue for the Rock Comedy Club, an initiative run by one of our supporters. The Club also organises periodic social events which are open to all.
We are aware of the considerable number of health challenges faced both by our supporters and other members of the local community – ranging from illness, obesity and physical inactivity through to addictions and mental health issues. We are looking to provide space and support for those working on these issues.
A full summary of our activities can be found here: https://www.dumbartonfootballclub.com/communityengagement/