Diamonds in the Community

Diamonds in the Community

Airdrieonians FC became the 1st club in Scotland, and only the 3rd in Britain at the time, to install a Sensory Room in the stadium for children and adults with Sensory Process Disorders to watch a match in comfort and safety.
The room was funded by Airdrieonians Supporters Trust, aided by a grant from the Big Lottery Fund, and included a variety of fund raising events, raffles, auctions and donations.
The project was the brainchild of Trust members Stevie Burr and Douglas Allsop, both of whom were also with Airdrie FC at the time as youth coach and commercial manager.
The room is fully heated and behind glass, and can accommodate 10 children and 10 carers comfortably on a match day. There is specialised sensory equipment for children to use, and a quiet area in the corridors should some personal space and quiet time be needed.

Generous donation to Diamonds in the Community from Osprey Global Technologies.

Many thanks to Australian firm Osprey Global technologies, led by ex pat Airdrieonian David Walker, for their very generous donation to Diamonds in the Community.

David, originally from Whinhall, moved to Australia in 1996 with his family, but has never forgotten his roots. In the last 5 years, David and his company have donated thousands of pounds to charities and causes in his home town, including Maggies, Airdrie Supporters Trust and the Diamond Sensory Room for kids with ASDN, New Beginnings Homeless Organisation, Arrans Garden, and Airdrie Football club (mens and ladies).

David was one of a party from Airdrie who recently went on a charity trek to Mongolia, raising over £20k for various charities including Michelle Henderson Cervical Cancer Trust, aiding Homelessness in the UK and Mongolia, and also introduced walking football to the Asian Country. He will be repeating this feat when he travels to Namibia in August 2021.

David’s donation is hugely appreciated by all of us at DITC, and will go a long way to helping the residents of the town who will benefit from our community projects planned for 2020.

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