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GCRC’s Fair Play Project partners with Partick Thistle to end gender-based violence

Jun 6, 2024

Claudia Macdonald-Bruce, Director of GCRC fully welcomes Partick Thistle’s commitment to this new partnership with our Fair Play Project. 

“Sport can create such powerful, motivating and meaningful communities of players and people who come together to support their team.  Clubs are used to working in partnerships.  Less so however, with organisations like Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis, which is why we are delighted that Partick Thistle Football Club are fully behind the Fair Play Project and what it has to offer.  I hope that together we can make a difference in preventing gender-based violence in Glasgow’’

GCRC Fair Play Team

GCRC’s Fair Play Team (left to right)
Claudia Macdonald-Bruce, Director / Olivia Mackereth, Training and Education Worker / Lauren McGovern, Prevention Worker / Paula Dunn, Service Manager.


The Fair Play Project takes a proactive approach to building both skills and confidence amongst players, staff and volunteers in sports.  It was funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, who were presented with information on the need for this project from GCRC and agreed on how important it is.

By training staff to be First Responders throughout the club, Partick Thistle FC hopes that if any player, fan, worker, or volunteer discloses an experience of gender-based violence, they are supported fully and in line with Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis’ trauma-informed approach.

Work is also being done across the club to create an active bystander culture so that any signs of concern can be spotted and responded to and a core part of the partnership is working with the young players allowing the Fair Play Project Team, who are skilled and experienced youth engagement workers, to support young players in their understanding of healthy relationships, consent, and attitudes around gender and violence.

The partnership comes following the relationship with Partick Thistle’s ‘Her Game Too’, via Kirsten Fraser. 

Kirsten Fraser and Claudia Macdonald-Bruce

(left to right):
Kirsten Fraser, Her Game Too Partick Thistle / Claudia Macdonald-Bruce, Director GCRC


Kirsten says:

“We’re very grateful that GCRC have supported us during season 2023/24 at the start of this journey. Their involvement has helped us train staff, educate coaches and introduce an active bystander culture, all to help Partick Thistle FC and the Wyre Stadium at Firhill become a safer place for women to enjoy watching, working or volunteering in football.

“Everyone involved with Her Game Too at Partick Thistle FC is proud to formalise the partnership with today’s announcement and we look forward to further growing the work and training being delivered across the club alongside GCRC next season.”

Included in the work to date has been First Responder training for Partick Thistle FC staff and volunteers, including with coaching staff at the Partick Thistle Youth Academy. The club will continue to roll this out across the season ahead as part of our work to ensure reporting pathways are accessible to everyone, and that football at Firhill is a safe place for everyone.

For more information on the Fair Play Project please visit Instagram page: @fair_playproject

For more information from Partick Thistle please visit their news page by clicking here


The Fair Play Project

Lotto Community Fund