Food bank donation from tournament

Andrew Dawson (right) of the Old and Abbey food parcel service colected food from Colin McEvoy of the Arbroath vollyball club at the Saltire Centre on Saturday.

Andrew Dawson (right) of the Old and Abbey food parcel service colected food from Colin McEvoy of the Arbroath vollyball club at the Saltire Centre on Saturday.

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AN ARBROATH sports club used a competitive tournament last weekend to help out a local charity.

Arbroath Volleyball Club held their first Christmas charity tournament last Saturday afternoon in the Saltire Leisure Centre.

In order to take part each player had to donate at least one tin of non-perishable food, which was in turn donated to the Old and Abbey Church Food Bank.

Arbroath Volleyball Club coach Colin McEvoy was delighted with the response. He said: “We put on a Christmas tournament to help people in need and hopefully raise the profile and support of the club in the process.

“It went pretty well, the Saltire has these massive tables and we managed to fill three of them with food.

“The guy from the Old and Abbey Church, Andrew Dawson, was speechless when he saw it, so yes, it went pretty well.”

Feedback from the tournament has been very positive and Colin hopes it was the first of many.

He explained: “It was just one of those things where everyone pulls together, and the feedback from the social networks has been pretty good as well.

“I’m hoping to turn this into an annual tournament, with a different charity being helped each year. For next year we’re already thinking about collecting toys and doing it for a children’s charity.”

He added that special thanks must go to Asda for donating a full table of tinned goods as well as money to the club which was used to purchase the match balls. Thanks also to Tesco, Cineworld and Liquid who all chipped in.

The club train at the Saltire Centre on a Sunday between 6 and 8 p.m. and are always looking for new players. For more information search for AVC on Facebook.