AFC Community Trust kicked off its 10th anniversary celebrations last weekend as it marked AFCCT Day at the match against Hibernian.

The culmination of those celebrations saw the players donning specially commissioned shirts, featuring the commemorative AFCCT logo, for the match thanks to club sponsors TEXO, who very generously gifted their front of shirt sponsorship to AFCCT.

The Aberdeen-based industrial services provider has been a principal sponsor since 2022 and has worked alongside the club to deliver creative and meaningful campaigns aimed at making a real difference in the local community.

“We are hugely grateful to TEXO for their generosity”, said AFCCT chief executive Liz Bowie.

“From the outset they were eager to lend their support as we celebrated AFCCT Day and they listened when we discussed the need for a unique platform to raise awareness for the Trust.

“The opportunity for the players to proudly display the AFCCT logo on their shirts at the match on Saturday offered us the ability to access a far-reaching audience and elevate the coverage of AFCCT thanks to the extensive media coverage the game received.

“I would also like to offer a massive note of thanks to the fans for their generosity on the day both in donations and also in support of CFINE, where just under a tonne of food and necessities were donated.”

Chris Smith managing director of TEXO, added: “What an amazing achievement for AFCCT to celebrate its 10th Anniversary.

“For TEXO to provide the necessary platform to maximise the exposure of the Trust by allowing the players to wear this unique shirt was an honour. As many will know supporting the community is at the very heart of TEXO’s principles and being part of this far-reaching initiative was an honour.

“Congratulations once again to AFCCT for reaching this milestone and allowing TEXO to celebrate it with you.”

Throughout a decade of work, AFCCT has reached out to touch the lives of thousands of people in the City and Shire, from the youngest at school to those of a slightly older vintage. They have helped people in countless ways, be it in their day to day lives or through particularly challenging times such as the Covid lockdowns and with the cost-of-living crisis.

It is part of the football club’s DNA to be at the heart of our community and the AFCCT has played a big role in ensuring that the football club isn’t simply about every other Saturday at Pittodrie, but every single day in every corner of our community.

Special activities for AFCCT took place at the stadium throughout the match day, including AFCCT ‘Theme Park’ Activity at Aberdeen Sports Village, a 200-piece band featuring children from across the city and the biggest kids Tifo display in the UK. Dons supporters were, as ever, hugely generous on the day both in donations and also in support of CFINE, where just under a tonne of food and necessities were donated

There will be an opportunity to bid on a number of match worn AFCCT commemorative shirts in the coming weeks. Full details of how you can bid and support the Trust will be shared through Aberdeen's social media platforms.

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