Club thanks Clyde 1 and Superscoreboard with amazing gesture which will support Coatbridge kids
ALBION Rovers FC have given ten thousand reasons to celebrate their recent success by making a stunning £10,000 donation to children’s charity, Cash for Kids, which will directly benefit local causes.
The Coatbridge club, currently preparing for Monday’s William Hill Scottish Cup quarter-final replay with Rangers FC, have benefitted from an unprecedented windfall thanks to the extended run in the competition, gate receipts and live TV coverage.
While that income will provide Rovers with financial security and a chance to invest in staff, infrastructure and facilities in the months and years ahead, the club have recognised the opportunity to give something back to those less fortunate in their local community.
As a thank you to the support and media coverage received from local radio station Clyde 1 and its football show, Superscoreboard, throughout the season, the Albion Rovers board has announced the incredible gesture to donate £10,000 to Cash for Kids, Clyde 1’s title charity.
The money will be ring-fenced to support children’s charities in and around the Coatbridge area with an official cheque presentation taking place at the club’s next home league match against Elgin City on Saturday, 22 March.
Albion Rovers club chair, John Devlin, said: “This season has provided an adventure for Albion Rovers which none of us could have predicted. Through the brilliant guidance of James Ward and his staff as well as the skill and efforts of all our players, we have experienced so many thrills on the pitch which have led to significant spin-off benefits off it.
“Within that and thanks to the cup run we have enjoyed a massive financial boost which provides longer-term security for us, removing some of the immediate pressures and fears which exist for many lower league clubs.
“However, we realise that many people in our community and across the West of Scotland, in particular the young and vulnerable, face really tough times at the moment which is why it was a no-brainer for us to give something back.
“We chose Cash for Kids, firstly in recognition of the fantastic support we have received from everyone at Clyde 1 and Superscoreboard, but mainly due to the facts that we know what fantastic work the charity does – and that the money will be spent both well and locally.
“Regardless of what happens on the field for the rest of the season and in future years, there can be no greater legacy of our success than helping children in real need in our community.”
Rovers return to league duty this Saturday away to Queen’s Park before the big cup replay against Rangers at New Douglas Park, Hamilton, on Monday night – live on SKY Sports.
Debbie Fraser, of Cash for Kids, said: “This is an incredible, selfless gesture which defines the true meaning of a community football club.
“We work closely with groups supporting vulnerable children in the heart of communities across the whole of the West of Scotland so to receive this gesture from a club so clearly based in the heart of its own community is truly outstanding.
“We are so grateful to everyone at Albion Rovers for this significant donation and look forward to the next chapter of working with the football club as we carefully invest that money in some of the most worthy children’s initiatives in the area.”
Cash for Kids works to help support the most vulnerable children in local communities across Glasgow and the west of Scotland. It has been the official charity of Clyde 1 since 1980 and raised over £28million, helping more than two million of the West of Scotland’s most deprived children.
Lorraine Herbison, head of News and Sport for Clyde 1 and Bauer Radio Scotland, said: “Everyone at Clyde 1 already has massive admiration for the achievements of Albion Rovers this season, in everything from cup upsets and ground-breaking initiatives to attract fans, to the way staff and management have conducted themselves as the focus on them has intensified.
“However, this gesture really does deserve huge praise – it was such a nice call for the station to receive. It speaks volumes for the attitude of all at Albion Rovers and is accepted with immense gratitude by everyone at Cash for Kids, Clyde 1 and Superscoreboard along with a promise that it will make a real difference to the lives of many young people local to them.”
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Notes to editors:
Child poverty in Scotland
- One in five children in Scotland live in poverty – that’s 220,000 children across the country.
- In some areas of Glasgow as many as one in two live in poverty
- 95,000 of these children live in the most severe poverty, where there simply isn’t enough money to pay for essential items such as winter coats, nutritious food and back-to-school costs.
- There remains a high likelihood of severe poverty amongst children in workless households and children in single parent households.
- Living in severe poverty means living on less than £12,220 a year (based on a couple with one child). This leaves families around £113 a week short of what they need to cover food, electricity and gas, phones and other bills, clothes, washing, transport and healthcare, not to mention furnishings, activities for children and other essential items.
- Families living in poverty have less than £13 per day per person to buy the everyday essentials they need, including food, heating, toys, clothes, electricity and transport.
- These children and parents miss out many of the things that most families take for granted, like celebrating a birthday or taking a short family holiday.
- Over 90 per cent of low income parents say they often go without to ensure their children have enough.
- A quarter of children’s families in the bottom 20 per cent of the income distribution can’t afford to keep their house warm
Over £1 million was generously donated to Clyde 1 Clyde 2 Cash for Kids in 2013 and was awarded to projects supporting over 100,000 children in the West of Scotland.
Since 1980, Clyde 1 Clyde 2 Cash for Kids has raised over £28 million and helped more than two million of the West of Scotland’s most deprived children.
Cash for Kids also provides a wide range of grants throughout the year to:
- provide financial support towards the cost of staff who deliver the vital projects
- fund equipment or events where individual children can benefit from direct participation
- fund day trips, team building sessions and critical family interaction time
- fund a group trip or an outing or a Christmas party for children who would otherwise never have this opportunity
- fund individual Christmas presents, Christmas dinner or winter clothing and shoes
All costs for administering and running the charity are paid by The Hunter Foundation, allowing Cash for Kids to distribute 100 per cent of donations received to vulnerable children in the west of Scotland either through community grants or family grants.
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