Vision and Background


Building stronger communities through sport, education, and wellbeing to develop healthier, happier, and successful people


The St. Johnstone F.C. Community Department was established in 1992, with the initial emphasis being on the development of a network of football coaching courses for children and young people, along with the provision of the Scottish FA Coach Education Programme.

It is now widely recognised that sport in general and football in particular can be a force for good that can produce numerous social benefits – improving self-esteem, inspiring children and young people, promoting wellbeing and healthy lifestyles, and contributing to social inclusion.

The nature and scope of the activity carried out by the Community Department changed significantly and a number of socially beneficial projects were introduced in association with a range of stakeholders. These projects were a great success and contributed positively to the lives of many people throughout Perth & Kinross, but it became clear that change was needed to ensure the organisation was able to grow and expand into new areas and take advantage of opportunities that will present themselves through partnership working with a wide range of agencies.

Many senior football clubs addressed similar concerns by adopting a Community Trust model and, having sought independent expert advice, the preferred model which the Club and the Community Department chose to adopt is that of a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO). In April 2016 the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator confirmed that The St. Johnstone Community Trust has been incorporated and entered into the Charity Register. 

From 2023 to 2026, the Community Trust will embark on a new three-year strategy - Changing Lives Through Football. We will provide football and other sporting activities for children, young people and adults, we will use the widespread appeal of sport to engage the community in projects designed to educate and upskill, and we will provide mental and physical wellbeing projects to help support people to be fitter, healthier and happier. Everything we do will be delivered through a culture of changing lives through sport, and inclusion will underpin our work throughout.






  • fitter, healthier, and more active children and young people
  • more and better qualified coaches
  • enhanced health and wellbeing
  • a more inclusive and equal society
  • improved life skills


  • to provide football and other sporting activities for children and young people
  • to promote participation by providing activities designed to improve health and wellbeing
  • to promote equality and inclusion through programmes that target the disadvantaged
  • to provide a range of projects designed to assist in the development of life skills

To achieve these aims and objectives, projects will take place under our three themes:




We invite you to read a copy of our 2023-2026 strategy HERE

YE 31st May 2022 Accounts