Partick Thistle Community Trust was the first club in Scotland to launch an amputee football programme and, through its high quality coaching, has set an enviable benchmark for other clubs to follow suit. The Trust, led by manager Paul Kelly, was instrumental in setting up AFAS and overseeing the plan for growing the sport in Scotland.
Partick Thistle Community Trust delivers fortnightly training sessions in amputee football and works in close partnership with AFAS, the SFA and SPFL Trust to advise other clubs and community trusts across Scotland on best practice methods for delivering successful amputee football programmes.
Precision Geomatics Limited are an independent specialist supplier of land survey, industrial measurement and site safety equipment and surveying services, who offer a flexible, low risk, professional partnership for all its clients both nationally and locally.
Precision Geomatics Limited were instrumental in the formation of AFAS, both through its financial support and kit sponsorship and through the relentless encouragement and guidance provided by company director Gwyneth Bell, who commented: "Precision Geomatics Limited are proud to be a sponsor for Amputee Football Association Scotland and wish them every success in helping very special people achieve their goals."
One of Scotland's leading creative and design agencies, Morton Ward, based in Edinburgh, is currently supporting AFAS across the full spectrum - from designing the brand identity to complement marketing and PR campaigns, to interpreting the ethos of the charity and communicating this through a new digital and print design, all to be revealed later in 2017!
Morton Ward is celebrated for its intelligent interpretation of every brief, and the way the team responds in inventive and strategic ways to take each project steadily and speedily through to delivery. Their rigorous, robust processes develop, improve and refine the creative along the way.
AFAS would not have been established without the support and encouragement of the Scottish Football Association (SFA), particularly from SFA Disability Development Officer, David McArdle.
Amputee Football Association Scotland was adopted as a Game Leader of the SFA's new ParaFootball Association in December 2019 and AFAS Founder, Ashley Reid, currently sits as Vice Chair of Scottish Para-football. The SFA continues to act in an advisory capacity, providing support, guidance and expertise to AFAS to ensure our core values are consistent and mutually beneficial.
The Scottish Football Association offers a wide range of opportunities for those with disabilities to become involved in football and more information can be found here.
The Not Forgotten Association supports serving men and women who are wounded, injured or sick and veteran of any age with a disability, illness or infirmity. They do this through a busy programme of holidays, outings, concerts, Royal events and the provision of televisions and TV licences, supporting some 10,000 individuals each year. Some of these activities provide a physical challenge and the opportunity to develop self-confidence, others are of a more social nature and foster camaraderie; many will offer both challenge and comradeship.
All are intended to enhance wellbeing, restore confidence, boost morale and improve the chances of the individual and their family of enjoying a better life. To find out more visit their website.
Finding Your Feet is a phenomenal amputee charity started by single mum and businesswoman, Corinne Hutton, in 2012 after she lost both her hands and feet after suffering sepsis and pneumonia. Corinne didn't let her amputations stop her and in addition to starting a charity to support other amputees to get back on their feet, she has gone on to break multiple records including becoming the first female quadruple amputee to scale both Ben Nevis and Mount Kilimanjaro. Corinne recently underwent a double hand transplant.
CEO of AFAS, Ashley Reid, was working with Corinne as PR Director at Finding Your Feet when she managed a pilot project in amputee football. It was so successful that Ashley, with backing from the SFA, launched a charity dedicated purely to amputee football. The two organisations work hand in hand to signpost amputees to the best possible opportunities. To find out more about Finding Your Feet, visit their website.