#unitedacademy | 10 Years in the making

The increasing awareness of Ayr United Football Academy across Ayrshire is unstoppable. Football may be the world’s game but after celebrating our 10th year, AUFA is also acknowledged as the No. 1 football development organisation in South Ayrshire.

Never before has the time been more right for AUFA to rise to the occasion and be recognised as the new-generation sports hub it has become.

Now is our time. We are United in name, we are United with AUFC, we are #unitedacademy.

Female footy | #unitedacademy

The rise and rise of female football in Scotland have never had higher stock.

With the re-emergence of the Ayr United Ladies in the 2016 season, AUFA Ladies & Girls is on the right track to become one of the best community-based female footy programmes in South Ayrshire and Scotland.

U7/9s, 11s, 13s, 15s and Ladies all compete in the Scottish Women’s Football leagues.

Also in 2016, a new Female Football Development Officer was placed at AUFA to help develop the female game in South Ayrshire.

Ladies | Ayr United Football Academy

Boys footy | #unitedacademy

Our boy’s programme entered a new era in 2015 when Silver Star status was awarded to the club, and with it, a space within Scottish football’s elite level of boys football | Club Academy Scotland.

This rise in level allows the players and coaches to test themselves against the very best 14 clubs in the country, a level that cannot be surpassed in youth footy.

With development, the goal for 11s through to 15s, player progression and game knowledge is key to their continued on field education.

For the 17s, they taste the first real competitive feeling as they compete against the other 13 clubs, with results and league being recorded to help with the player’s development into senior footy.

The 20s is the pinnacle of the Academy youth structure. Currently playing within the SPFL Development League West, the 20s pushed Morton all the way to the final match in season 2015/16, being pipped for the title to the Greenock side for the title. The 20s have also continually punched above their weight in the National Scottish Youth Cup which features all Scotlands top 20s sides, regularly reaching the quarter and semi-finals in recent years.

Boys | Ayr United Football Academy

Community | #unitedacademy

With over 100’000 participants attending 2015 programmes across South Ayrshire, AUFA can truly call itself ‘A community hub for encouraging and promoting health and wellbeing, primarily through football, in South Ayrshire’

It’s a strapline that fits the bill of AUFA perfectly.

With football centres, summer/October/Easter camps for kids through to offering funWalking Football for the over 50s, we cater for the very young to the older generation.

Health and fitness for everyone involved is our primary aim with another programme, Football Fans in Training FFIT, taking off across the year to encourage fans to partake in some fitness work to encourage good cardio workouts and improve health.

Disability FC also kicked off in 2016 thanks to funding from Children in Need allowing participants to get involved in a football club setting, growing their confidence and self-esteem, but most of all, allowing them to enjoy themselves whilst getting a game of football. Everybody active is a schools based programme aimed at young people with various disabilities which involves AUFA & AUFC players offerischools-basedallenging activities to the youngsters involved.

The Climate Change project continues to help the environment, and we continue to help young people into employment through the Community Jobs Scotland initiative.

Walking Football has exploded throughout the past year, with the AUFA group participating in many tournaments, home and abroad. This activity, aimed at over 50s, allows a generation of players to once again put on their boots and get on the field.

We also help host Football Memories events in conjunction with Alzheimers Scotland across South Ayrshire.

Community | Ayr United Football Academy

Education | #unitedacademy

With education. e-learning and US Scholarships, we offer our young players and our older volunteers alike a continued further education pathway option.

The players are offered US Scholarship options, further education opportunities at local colleges and universities, and also potential Community Jobs Scotland positions within the Academy.

We offer the many volunteers the opportunity to expand their knowledge through it’s many facets within Media, management, video production, coaching and administration.

Ladies | #unitedacademy

Football pathway | #unitedacademy

Ayr United Football Club offer the players of Ayr United Football Academy a pathway to professional football and this can be seen in the increasing number of Graduate players who gain playing opportunities at AUFC.

Season 2015/16 was a pivotal year for the Academy, as both Robbie Crawford and Alan Forrest surpassed the 100 appearance mark for The Honest Men.

Season 2016/17 has seen the total number of appearances for Academy Graduates at AUFC top 600.

Ayr United FC | Ayr United Football Academy | #unitedacademy

10 Years | #unitedacademy

Ayr United Football Academy continues to build on the past 10 years of the organisation, and will forge ahead to continue it’s development of players, of its community standing, helping people young and old further their education and also help the older members of the community stay fit and healthy through FFIT and Walking Football.

It’s been a decade of success for AUFA, here’s to the next 10!

#unitedacademy | Ayr United Football Academy