Community Coaching £3

Monday Wednesday & Friday

Community Coaching at Accies!

Do you have a son or daughter aged 5 – 12 years?

Would they be interested in receiving the very best of football coaching from our Elite Youth Academy coaches?

Training at a Scottish Premiership football club?

Our Community Coaching operates every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4.30pm – 5.30pm £3 per session, you can choose one or all sessions for your child/children.

Parents are most welcome to stay and spectate or collect when training is finished. Some of our current and successful Youth Academy players started via our Community Coaching programme which reflects the great preparation and coaching we are proud of.

Enter via main entrance at Club Reception where you will be met by one of our Community coaches. Children and Teenagers should be dressed appropriately for training and have a water/juice bottle.

Refreshments on coaching and training nights and at youth games are available from the canteen ‘American Diner’ at the south west corner area, situated within the stadium, open to serve hot/cold drinks, pies, hot dogs and snacks at affordable prices..

For further information, please email or contact 01698 368650

Community Coaching

Community Outreach

Our co-ordination and support of addiction programmes both encourages and supports anyone with issues relating to addiction to come along to any of our 12 step fellowships housed within the grounds of the stadium

Alcoholics Anonymous  Helpline  – 0141 226 2214
Cocaine Anonymous Helpline – 0141 959 6363
Gamblers Anonymous Helpline – 0370 050 8881
Alon-on Helpline – 0207 403 0888
Families Anonymous Helpline – 0845 120 0660
Narcotics Anonymous Helpline – 0300 999 1212

Blameless Charity was formed to provide fun times, happy memories and a vision of hope  for the future for children and families affected by alcoholism and addiction.

The Hamilton Academical Women’s & Girl’s Football Club was established in 1992. The club ethos is a club for girls who want to play football, irrespective of their ability.

Soldiers Off The Street Scotland is the Scottish branch of Soldiers Off The Street UK.
A new charity with a dedicated group of people determined to help the forgotten ex service personnel whose lives have been affected by homelessness.

Hamilton Accies have been facilitating and supporting the Training for Freedom programme for a just over 8 years within the grounds of the Club at New Douglas Park, Hamilton.

Located within the heart of Lanarkshire we support prisoners who are in the process of being released by encouraging self development, developing social skills and self esteem. In addition we offer the opportunity to be responsible for their working role within the club, which brings a multitude of positive outcomes.

This worthwhile and very successful venture provides an excellent benefit to the prisoner in his quest to be reintegrated within society. Prisoners that are part of the programme complete a successful community work placement before they are eligible to be paroled.

The structured work day that we provide allows them the opportunity to evidence commitment, willingness and desire to comply with all the conditions met, building an attractive portfolio for review and consideration by the Parole Board.

Hamilton Academical FC  recognised an identified  need within the community to support families affected by Autism and additional support needs  and is proud to have established a strong network partnership within this specialist area of the community, sharing  information and support  among practitioners, various autism network partners, third sector businesses, non-profit organisations, local charities, NHS Scotland and local authorities throughout Scotland.  This will allow parents, children/adults affected by autism, their siblings and wider family to feel valued, understood and reminded of the positives being part of their community can bring.

To support and recognise the caring role identified within the community, our bi weekly Parent/Carer Support group is a safe and welcoming environment to allow parents and carers to give support and advice to each other under a new style of approach. There is an abundance of help, support, opportunities and resource available to your family. All of which fall within the four main areas identified as core family values:

*Health & Wellbeing
*Education, Training & Employment
*Sport & Recreational Activities
*Finance, Welfare Rights, Grant & Funding opportunities.

Our aim is to ensure all families across Scotland, are given a clear and concise pathway to finding the suitable support as and when required whilst ensuring they receive optimum care from statutory and non-statutory services.

If you are interested in learning more about joining our Parent/Carer Support Groups, please email: further information or call 01698 368650

Lifeskills Care is a registered Scottish charity working within local communities, aiming to enhance self esteem and motivation for individuals who are looking to increase their employment prospects and improve their job opportunities. Providing advice and guidance on the following:

  • Basic IT support
  • Health and well-being
  • Education and training courses
  • Volunteering
  • Benefits advice
  • Energy savings
  • Environmental efficiency and health advice

0808 129 0207

The aim of Hamilton & District Men’s shed is to work in partnership with other organisations and agencies to develop opportunities and activities for people retired or thinking about retiring,  they also want to encourage people to remain physically and mentally active and promote active citizenship.

Hamilton Academical FC are delighted to be able to house and support this great initiative.  Operating within our stadium some of the activities include; woodwork, gardening, crazy golf, electronics, board games and socialising.

The Shed Men provides men with a place to share their hobbies, interests and practical skills with free refreshments provided.

Sessions are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am until 4pm.

Matthew Craig Easter Football Camp 2020

January 14th, 2020|0 Comments

Our annual Easter Matthew Craig Football Camp returns with limited spaces available. WHEN: Monday 6th April - Friday 10th April 2020 TIME: 9:30 am- 3:00 pm  WHERE: Foys Stadium, Hamilton PRICE: £70 pp (week)   TO SECURE

Invitation To Our Food & Toy Collection

November 19th, 2019|0 Comments

Following the success of our collection last year, Hamilton Academical Community Trust alongside the children's charity Blameless would like to invite any families facing financial challeneges this year  to our food and toy bank at

  • Hamilton summer camp

Summer Camp Success Story

July 16th, 2019|0 Comments

Two new players invited to the Accies Academy thanks to the Matthew Craig Summer Camp. The club is delighted to announce that we have picked up two academy players at this year's summer camp. Twice per

Community Trust


The Hamilton Academical Community Trust was established and granted charitable status in August 2007 and is administered by both staff and volunteers from the Community Trust office within the stadium, New Douglas Park, Hamilton.

Our Trustees recognise the significant importance of the role of our Club and it’s ongoing potential  within the local and wider community.  The attraction of the game can be  inspirational to all walks of life, regardless of their age, race, health and abilities. We are able to offer our Trust as a robust and  integral part of the community and offer a platform for fostering a community spirit between all statutory and non-statutory services and support. We are incredibly proud to have  a close association and working relationship with many organisations across the local and wider community.

Hamilton Academical FC are the only SPFL registered  Club within South Lanarkshire and who actively  provide the Trust with a unique focal point to allow the vision and practice of the Trust to become the reality of  readily identifying and supporting those who are in need.

The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) 2006 has highlighted that the  anti-social behaviour, economic difficulties,  unemployment and poor health and welfare   impacting upon our communities throughout Scotland;  resulted in South Lanarkshire being assessed as the fourth poorest region in Scotland.

Children and young people can be regularly faced with many obstacles in life, this is more evident in families who are exposed to the stressful consequences of  addiction, alcoholism, abuse, poverty, suicide and caring for a loved one with additional support needs or ill health, to name but a few.

Community Engagement:
In partnership with South Lanarkshire Education & Inclusion Department,  Police Scotland, our in-house Community Outreach Team and our varied network partnerships whose common goal of  working with and supporting the community, including the disadvantaged,  those with additional support needs and the vulnerable, with an  emphasis on raising self esteem and a desire for success by increasing their awareness of the services and support available to help achieve a balanced, healthy and more fulfilled and happier way of life.

We deliver coaching and participation initiatives to the community as a whole by
engaging with Primary and Secondary schools, delivering exercise classes and the 5 Skills Challenge Programme to every young person resulting in them attaining their Skills Diploma. On these visits we are accompanied by the local Community Police Officer who delivers lessons  and advice on vandalism, the avoidance of and the negative impact placed upon society.

Community Coaching:
An integral part of the Community Trust’s activities is the continual development and success of  our Community Coaching programme. This allows our coaches  to reach into all areas of  society and thereby create a conduit back to our Community Outreach Team of staff and  volunteers who can meet with, provide counselling  and sign post to any of our in-house and external support groups/agencies to help, assist and guide those who may be experiencing difficulties across the spectrum.

Children and young people may find it difficult to  trust and share issues they have including, i.e. family abuse and poverty. Yet, while the main benefits of team participation programmes inevitably lead to improved fitness levels, greater communication skills, enhanced discipline and a general feeling of emotional wellbeing as a result of being an important member of our initiative. This outlet can ultimately help many  feel secure and confident to cope with difficulties faced at home, school,  social and familial wider areas of their lives. Children and young people can then have the best opportunity to fulfil their potential assisting them to succeed and achieve the best results they can in their lives.

Our successful Community Coaching programme operates 3 days per week and is aimed at offering sporting skills to children and young people age 4 – 14 years.

We have an average footfall around 80-120 children joining our Programme per week and numbers are continually growing.

As well as supporting the Community as a whole, our Programme is also an excellent opportunity to allow the Club to identify possible players for our Elite Academy as well as being a regular  marketing campaign, allowing us to promote our Club and the fantastic work we do.

In addition to our weekly Community Coaching, we offer various coaching camps outwith Term Time. Allowing children and young people to channel their energies into constructive football experience, playing at our state of the art 4G pitch and receiving coaching from our experienced Community Coaches.  These are extremely successful and are full to capacity within a short time of advertising. As well as professional our main ethos is to improve health, well being and have FUN.

Community Trust “Red Bus”
Our iconic “Red Bus” offers hot and snacks, covered seating area, wi-fi access and is a great permanent fixture at the Stadium.  Used  by several Community Groups, our “Red Bus”  is a unique, well received and recognisable aspect of our Community Trust.

Not only from a refreshment aspect required at events, our upstairs deck acts as an additional seating area and shelter to cope with our unpredictable weather and acts as a host for many fun day and fundraising events for facepainting, arts & crafts or small admin site to accommodate many aspects of running charity events for the public.

This feature allows our Club to engage and interact regularly with many charities and local organisations and helps reduce the problem of searching for suitable venue location to host events, meaning the local and wider community frequently meet at our stadium allowing natural partnerships to evolve between our Club and the Community.

Our “Red Bus” has had a positive impact on many areas within the local and wider community including disadvantaged children and young people, individuals socially isolated, unpaid carers, the elderly and also the less able within the community.

In addition, our “Red Bus” acts as a great commodity for our Youth Academy players and parents, parked in close proximity to our Main Stand serving hot food, drinks, snacks and refreshments which encourages parents, especially those with younger children or elderly parents to remain within the stadium during training and match days.

The “Red Bus” is also an important fixture during our 1st Team home games, offering food and refreshments to volunteers, supporters and officials during the match. Mindful of meeting the financial needs within the wider community, our prices are extremely competitive and budgeted to suit those who may otherwise view these purchases as a luxury.