Media Release: Family fun and football for epilepsy


NEWMAINS United Community Football Club are welcoming families to come along and enjoy their tenth anniversary Invitational tournament.

Children will be kept entertained with bouncy castles, pony rides and other games throughout the two-day event on 16 and 17 July.

Profits from these family fun activities will be donated to Epilepsy Scotland.

Club chair, Bill Carrigan, decided to expand the summer tournament following the sudden death of goalkeeper coach, David Lyon’s son, Kieran, in March 2016.

Kieran Lyon died from SUDEP (sudden and unexpected death in epilepsy) at his home in Ayrshire, aged only 19.

A collection taken at his funeral raised £300 for Epilepsy Scotland but family and friends have pledged to raise more money and awareness of the condition.

Up to 100 epilepsy-related deaths occur in Scotland each year and over half of these are estimated to be linked to SUDEP.

Teams playing in the tournament include Newmains United AFC and JFC, Wishaw Juniors, Carluke Rovers, Cambusnethan Talbot and Queen of the South.

Newmains United Community Football club have pledged to support Epilepsy Scotland in various ways throughout the upcoming season.

Notes to editor:

1. Epilepsy Scotland works with people affected by epilepsy to ensure that their voice is heard. We campaign for improved healthcare, better information provision and an end to stigma. This common serious neurological condition affects one in 97 people.  We represent the 55,000 people with epilepsy, their families and carers. Our freephone Helpline (0808 800 2200) offers support and information. People can email (, text 07786 209501, find us on facebook, use twitter @epilepsy_scot or visit:

2. Newmains United Community Football Club tenth anniversary Invitational tournament takes place on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July 2016 at Victoria Park, Newmains.

3. For sponsorship opportunities at Newmains United Community FC please contact Bill Carrigan or Stuart McMillan

4. For interviews and photographs, please contact:

Robyn Friel, head of fundraising at Epilepsy Scotland on 0141 427 4911 or 07534 026670 Email:

Bill Carrigan, secretary at Newmains United Community Football Club on 07982687545 Email:

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Epilepsy Scotland contact details…

Contact: Allana Parker
Phone: 01414274911