A NUMBER of youth football clubs in Ayrshire have benefitted from legacy packs dedicated to inspiring the next generation of football starts.

The packs are being distributed across the country to celebrate Glasgow’s role in being one of the host cities of this summer’s tournament.

Whitletts Victoria In The Community FC and Troon Thistle are two of the clubs who have benefitted from the packs.

The clubs are set to benefit from specialist equipment including balls, bibs and goals which will play a pivotal role in their provision of football activities and assist in the development of Scotland’s young generation of footballers.

Both clubs are intent on ensuring the packs are used correctly to demonstrate the UEFA value of Diversity, Inclusion and Equality.

Whitletts’ Chris Mclauchlan said: “We have various players from all different backgrounds and demographics, we have refugees who are now participating in football within our club and enabling them to interact with other children to develop social skills with each other. We encourage that football should be available to all children at no cost and should not be discriminated against for any reason at all.

“We deliver high coaching standard and a family atmosphere at club which I’m sure we will achieve out Gold award this year with the amount of work we have put in”.

Troon Thistle’s Greig Paterson added: “Everyone is welcome at the club, and we often take kids from other localities on news that their local clubs are “full”. We are doing all we can to promote new user groups at the club; para, girls, veterans and walking football.”

Despite Scotland’s exit from the tournament, both clubs say the national team have inspired their clubs to want to achieve more.