YOUNGSTERS from Arbroath’s local primary schools received a visit from the Scottish Communities League Cup (SCLC), and Arbroath Football Club’s Marcus Watt, Scott Fullerton and Connor Birse, this week as part of the Wave of Support Trophy Tour to promote respect, responsibility and tolerance to football fans and families throughout Scotland.
The SCLC is, for the second year running, sponsored by the Scottish Government and, with the help of all SFL and SPL clubs, is coordinating a national trophy tour to celebrate and grow the appeal and awareness of existing club, school and other community football and sports initiatives across the country.
Over 30 children took part in the football camp, organised by the SFA and Angus Council, and enjoyed competing in friendly games and practising their football skills throughout the morning.
The youngsters, aged between five and seven years, were also given the chance to have their picture taken with the cup, ask the players questions and learn about the importance of respect, responsibility and tolerance on and off the pitch to encourage positive behaviour and unite communities.
Joining the Wave of Support Trophy Tour as it arrived at Arbroath Sports Centre, Arbroath midfielder Marcus Watt said: “It’s great to be involved in the trophy tour and see the reaction on the kids’ faces when they get to hold the Cup. Community football projects are a brilliant way to get young people interested in the game. Through football we can encourage kids to work together, play to one another’s strengths and, by creating opportunities for them to be more active, help identify Scotland’s future sports stars.”
Angus Council’s leisure spokesperson, Councillor Donald Morrison, said: “We were thrilled to have the trophy tour visit our football camp and it was a real highlight for each of the kids to be pictured with the cup.
“Football is something every child can get involved in, be it taking part in community events, playing for local clubs or simply cheering on their favourite SFL and SPL teams. Professional sports people are hugely influential, particularly among school-age children, and its fantastic to be able to show off the positive impact football has in our community and inspire our kids to future success.”