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Burness Paull pitches in to help make Aberdeen For All

Aberdeen Football Club has confirmed that four local Aberdeen companies have generously chosen to lend their support to the unique ‘Aberdeen For All’ scheme, which provides free season tickets to those most deserving in the local community.

Over 500 season tickets were issued through Aberdeen For All during the 2017/18 season and thanks to donations from key sponsors Swire Oilfield Services, Burness Paull, Aberdeen Standard Investments and Simmons & Co International, the club will be able to reach even more deserving families and local community groups, giving them the chance to enjoy a matchday experience at Pittodrie this season. The initiative is also being supported by a significant donation from the Board at the football club.

Working alongside their partner charity, Aberdeen FC Community Trust (AFCCT), who already work with many local organisations and charities throughout the city to provide support and opportunity to those who need it most, the club will identify families and individuals who will benefit the most of this initiative.

“Aberdeen for All is a fantastic initiative to make sure everyone in the city has the opportunity to get involved in sport and enjoy Scottish Premier League football,” explained Elaine Farquharson-Black of Burness Paull LLP.

“The initiative is spearheaded by Aberdeen FC Community Trust (AFCCT), and our involvement secures 80 season tickets for families, children and members of our local community that may need support due to social exclusion, financial hardship or other disadvantages.

“We also want to help generate further donations from across the city and within the business community to ensure as many people as possible benefit. Burness Paull has had over 135 years of history in the city of Aberdeen, and alongside some of our other projects such as NUART, Aberdeen for All represents an excellent opportunity to continue to play our part in the city’s evolving story.”

The initiative was fantastically backed by the Red Army, with over 2,000 supporters contributing throughout 2017/18, and it is hoped that many more will support the campaign once again.

Barry Douglas, Seaton Community Church Pastor is delighted to see such a great scheme supporting those most in need in the local community. “The people this scheme is helping out are from under privileged backgrounds and who would not normally have access to football. You really get to see the joy being brought out in them when they receive their tickets. The tickets I have distributed so far have gone to families who will get a huge uplift from them and there are more out there who could benefit from this scheme.”

Ally Prockter, Chief Executive of AFC Community Trust added, “AFCCT is delighted to be working closely with Aberdeen FC in relation to their Aberdeen For All initiative. Social inclusion is a serious challenge which can be overcome in many ways, and for many people it is important that they feel as if they are part of something bigger.

“Providing AFC match tickets to those who otherwise cannot attend home games is an important step towards making people feel included in our local community, and we work closely with the club and it’s sponsors to identify individuals and organisations who can benefit from becoming part of the Aberdeen FC family.”

Supporters can donate online at afc.co.uk/etickets and selecting the #AberdeenForAll tab or by calling the Pittodrie Ticket Office on 01224 63 1903

If your business is interested in supporting this initiative please contact the AFC commercial team via email commercial@afc.co.uk

09 July 18