We are delighted to announce that we will have two charities on the back of our strips for the 2018/19 season.
Last Friday we held our Shirt & Shorts draw which was won by United diehard Stewart Hay. Stewart chose to give his prize to the club to choose two charities that have developed strong links with.
On the back of our home strips will be Alzheimer Scotland who have very close links to the club. Club legend Ally MacLeod passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease as did our former chairman and Honorary President, Donald Cameron.
Also for the last 3 years Alzheimer Scotland has partnered up with Ayr United Football Academy in the delivery of their football memories. Football memories offers a chance for people to come to Somerset Park and enjoy an afternoon of reminiscing. In partnership Alzheimer Scotland offers support, training, awareness and opportunity for people to get involved whether it’s taking part or becoming a volunteer.
Julie Sinclair, head of localities for Alzheimer Scotland said :”There are over 2500 people in South Ayrshire with dementia and this is a fantastic way to raise awareness about our work.
Football holds a special place in Scottish life and fans and communities often have a strong emotional connection with the football clubs they support. We have seen first hand the power of this connection in supporting people with dementia who participate in football reminiscence through football memories groups across Scotland we support through Sports Heritage Scotland in partnership with the Scottish Football museum and other partners.
If you have any questions about dementia, or want to find out about support in your area, call Alzheimer Scotland’s 24 hour helpline on 0808 808 3000.”
On the away strips we will have The Breastfeeding Network who we have had a strong relationship with since 2010.
Breastfeed Happily Here is an NHS AA initiative promoted by the BfN that supports Ayrshire businesses and organisations to welcome breastfeeding families while at their premises. It also raises awareness of the law in Scotland that protects breastfeeding in public.
Julie Peterkin, peer support worker at The Breastfeeding Network said :”We have had connections with the club as far back as 2010 when we had our first trackside board.
In 2016 Ayr United was the first club in the UK to support a breastfeeding friendly scheme and Alison Thewliss MP commended them in Parliament for leading the way and has since used Ayr’s example to encourage other clubs to follow.
They have always been very supportive and shown themselves to be an extremely family friendly club. We believe this will be a world first to have our brand on a football shirt and it is very exciting.
Breastfeeding is a public health issue and unfortunately Ayrshire has one of the lowest rates of breastfeeding in Scotland. We are delighted than in partnership with Ayr United we can be part of the team helping normalise breastfeeding for future generations in Ayrshire.