Dundee United FC and the registered charity, United for All (UfA) have agreed for UfA to take over and operate the successful United for Kids Scheme.
The following link will take you direct to the 2014 Justgiving fundraising appeal page and you can make an online gift aid donation now.
You can also donate by texting DUFC74 followed by £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070. The text message is free and all you pay is what you donate.
Cash and cheques will continue to be accepted by the Club and these donations will also offer the opportunity to reclaim gift aid from UK taxpayers. Donations submitted in this way should be addressed to Riki Grauer and cheques made payable to 'United for All'.
David Mulholland, Chairman of United for All highlighted that “Although United for Kids has now established itself, we will be able to attract further benefits to the scheme via corporate and government funding for appeals which were not previously accessible by the Club. We aim to develop the scheme to enable even more disadvantaged youngsters to participate.”
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In 2005, in response to a suggestion from an exiled fan in Canada, Dundee United FC offered a facility which allowed supporters to sponsor season tickets for disadvantaged children. The Club pledged to match any funds raised from fans in this way to ensure that the number of season tickets available under this scheme was doubled. For season 2013-14, over 270 season tickets were allocated to children and young people from across Dundee, together with a provision for their adult supervisors and carers.
Over the nine-year life of this project, around £350,000 worth of season tickets have been made available through donations and fund raising from individual local and exiled fans, supporters’ organisations, fans’ messageboards and from the Club itself which has matched £1 for £1 the generosity of the fans.
The tickets are circulated through Dundee's Integrated Children and Young Person's Services, both within the city council and the voluntary sector to ensure that the most disadvantaged children in the community benefit, giving many of these young people an opportunity they might not have, to see their local football heroes in action. Those benefiting include children who are living away from home in residential or foster care, those who have previously been ‘looked after’, those who are young carers themselves and generally, children and carers who would not otherwise be able to attend matches.
The feedback from this scheme has been extremely positive, with workers and carers reporting that children and young people were getting a great deal from the scheme. Indeed in 2013, the scheme received a letter of commendation from the Lord Provost.
It is also important to point out that, in total, Dundee United FC issue over 20,000 free tickets to local school children over the course of each season and operates many other not for profit community initiatives including community and schools coaching schemes, healthy life style projects and adult learning and job training courses to name but a few. The Club is also actively involved in anti racism and anti sectarianism seminars. United For All was formed to successfully expand the Club’s involvement in these areas.