The Academy

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Ayr United Football Academy is incorporated as a not for profit Company Limited by guarantee. Its members are Ayr United Football Club, The Ayr United Community Initiative (The Honest Men Trust), Ayrshire & Arran NHS (Community Health Partnership), Ayr College and South Ayrshire Council, each of which is represented by a Board Director. In addition there are three independent Directors and an independent Chairperson.

The Academy is continuously expanding its activities and its volunteer base. It is a forward-thinking organisation delivering sport, through football, to the local community and encouraging participation in sport amongst people of all ages and abilities.

The Academy’s activities cover two main thrusts. Firstly, it encourages participation within the local community, by all children of all ages, both sexes, regardless of background or ability, but it also pursues a model of sporting excellence, to allow the talented local boys and girls a platform from which to reach their individual goals and play the sport at the highest possible level.


The key objectives around player participation are to focus on maintaining and sustaining all Community Football Centres, whilst ensuring the programmes are stimulating, fun, safe and accessible to age groups from three years to adult.

In total, 93,228, participant attendances were achieved in the Academy’s Community and Talented Young Footballers Programmes and initiatives, keeping children and young adults active and promoting the benefits of sport and health.

The number of participants involved was 7,310.