Our Work

What We Do

Our work very much reflects the values of the club when it was first formed.  

That is, when the club was formed by the Catholic Young Men’s Society in 1875, it would use funds raised from games to support the local community.  And these values are alive today in the community foundation as they were 150 years ago.

Broadly, we work in two areas:

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Grassroots Football

Organising football for all in our community, from recreational to national performance teams. This includes our boys, girls’ and women’s academies, pre-school and school programmes, holiday camps and football for particular groups in the community: those who are disabled and/or have special needs, over 55s, and refugee and immigrant communities.

Community Outreach

Developing initiatives that offer practical help to those who most need it. We provide hot meals and a warm, inviting space to anyone and everyone who can benefit from it. We work with a range of community groups, charities and foodbanks in the central, north and east sides of Edinburgh, many of whom refer people to us. But we do a lot more too. We organise keep fit classes, a community choir, social clubs for young people, the elderly and refugee community, provide computer and online access, and adult learning opportunities.

Why We Do It

Poverty & Cost of Living Crisis

While Edinburgh is one of the country’s most affluent cities, there are neighbourhoods within walking distance of the stadium that are categorised as being among the top 5% of the most disadvantaged in Scotland (Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation, 2020).  These include:

In these areas, 34-39% of children live in poverty, attendance at secondary schools is the lowest in the city and 40% of children in primary schools have additional support needs.

There are over 40 foodbanks in Edinburgh; most churches and community centres are now involved in food distribution.  

The highest rates of fuel poverty are found in the social sector where 37% of local authority and housing association households are fuel poor.  Around 36% of households living in fuel poverty are older households.

Our Response

Mental health, social isolation & loneliness.

The Scottish Government has made loneliness and social isolation both a public health and a social issue.

Our Response

The arrival of New Scots and refugees in Leith

We recognise that Leith continues to attract new waves of immigrants and refugees, just as when the club was formed by Irish immigrants 150 years ago.  Working in partnership with a range of support bodies, we play our part in helping integrate and settle New Scots into life in Edinburgh.

Our Response

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