When the Trust began in 2002 one of the founding ideals was that it should try to increase membership and generate interest from the local community – but also intended to support the local community and give something back. Over the years we have worked with other community groups and a number have attended home matches of Clydebank FC as our guests.
West Dunbartonshire Community Foodshare accept donations on behalf of Clydebank Football Club
Clydebank became one of the first non-league clubs to put mental health at the forefront of supporters minds when ‘Breathing Space’ became the back of shirt sponsors in 2016. Since then, we have worked in partnership with the team at Breathing Space to help share mental health awareness and anti-suicide messages to a wider footballing audience.
The Bankies participate in Show Racism the Red Card’s ‘Fortnight of Action’ every year. The Trust organise free match day tickets for interested groups, local politicians and dignitaries to join the players of both sides by holding up the red card symbol prior to the match. This campaign has gained national media coverage, and is becoming stronger every year.
The Clydebank FC players show Racism the Red Card in 2020
In another first, Bankies were leading the way by becoming the first non-league side to sign up to the Equality Network’s LGBT Sports Charter – which aims to take steps to remove the barriers lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people can face in sport.
Bankies have become the first junior side in Scotland to sign up to the LGBT Sports Charter