Cash boost to kick off season

A Newton Mearns care home is supporting local children in physical activity and sport by sponsoring a community football club.

Care UK’s Wellmeadow Lodge donated £250 to Garnkirk United Community Football Club and its 2013 group.

The donation was put towards the considerable start-up costs and covered the purchasing of essential equipment, including footballs, cones, markers and mini goals.

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Garnkirk United was established approximately 30 years ago and is run solely by volunteers from the local community. The team currently has 170 members, aged 5 to 16, while the 2013 age group alone counts for 30 players.

Catherine Brannan, home manager at Wellmeadow Lodge, said: “Garnkirk United is exclusively run by volunteers in order to make football accessible for local children, and we are proud to support them and help them set up a new age group.

Colin Green, club secretary for Garnkirk United Community Football Club, said: “We’d like to thank Care UK and the team at Wellmeadow Lodge for their support, and for helping us to give local children the opportunity to get involved in both the physical and social aspect of football.”