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Ayr United generate £8.6m and Spartans £5.2m each year for their local communities, says a Uefa pilot study.

The clubs - from the Scottish Championship and Lowland League - were chosen to pioneer a football adaptation of a programme designed to calculate social impact.

Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell hopes it will help community clubs attract investment and sponsorship.

"It demonstrates the bang for the buck that we get from football," he said.

"The numbers that come out the other end from an economic, social and health benefit perspective are huge."

Maxwell said Ayr and Spartans were chosen because Uefa recognised "the good work Scottish clubs are doing in the local communities".

It follows a national study in 2018, when it was revealed that participation in grassroots football delivers more than £1.2bn of "positive value to Scottish society".

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"Our clubs do a huge amount and it's not just football related," Maxwell told BBC Scotland.

"Obviously there is participation and people physically taking part in games of football, but there's a lot of activity that goes on that uses football as the hook but is not necessarily linked to playing.

"Football covers a huge amount of society and it's important that we recognise that."

Maxwell admitted that many would be surprised at the impact a part-time club like Spartans can have on areas such as local infrastructure, mental wellbeing and even health problems like diabetes.

"When you look at the study and understand the different areas it looks at - the cost of people getting to training, venue hire, the amount of volunteer hours that these clubs put in if those individuals were getting paid, those numbers are huge," he said.

"If you take those numbers across Scottish football and the thousands of clubs that do similar work, the overall impact is massive and it's important we get this model around as many clubs as possible and that each club can go and tell its own story."

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1 minute ago, Beaker71 said:

If demolished and sold as firelighters.

s**te doesnae burn.

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6 minutes ago, Mark Robertson said:

Really it does, either needs to be dry or a very high temp

Or, a nappy thrown on to a coal fire, it turns out...

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57 minutes ago, KillkieBoab said:

Drove past Scumerset today. Jeez, it disnae get any more aesthetic.

Easily fixed with a JCB and some Semtex

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On 3/10/2020 at 8:18 PM, Blackislekillie said:

I prefer the old school grounds like Somerset and Cappielow to the plastic vanity project we have tbh. 

Aye. We should look at ground sharing with Ayr United in the near future.

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56 minutes ago, Donald Trump said:

Aye. We should look at ground sharing with Ayr United in the near future.

Somerset is falling down falling down falling down

Somerset is falling down falling down falling down

Somerset is falling down

It's a s**tehole

 

No others need comment.

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45 minutes ago, Beaker71 said:

Somerset is falling down falling down falling down

Somerset is falling down falling down falling down

Somerset is falling down

It's a s**tehole

 

No others need comment.

Don't remember ever singing the second verse, three too many falling downs. 

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On 3/10/2020 at 8:18 PM, Blackislekillie said:

I prefer the old school grounds like Somerset and Cappielow to the plastic vanity project we have tbh. 

I agree, love the old grounds. Love Street was my favourite PL ground, but Cappielow and Somerset are the best grounds for an away day. 
 

As for the OP, how can they quantify monetary value on grey areas such as mental health and dementia?

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17 minutes ago, jazza said:

Also just signed a deal with Hummel

Looks like a similar type of deal to us, multi year, record amount, bespoke kit. which they have released pictures of today as well...... It's still honking thou.

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