Plumbers merchant Plumb Center is helping to develop the next generation of Scottish footballers, by donating £750 to Hillwood Boys Club.
The renowned youth set-up, from Pollok in Glasgow, boasts a reputation for developing young talent, with the likes of Nottingham Forest’s European Cup winner Kenny Burns, Alex McLeish the former Scotland Captain and Manager, and Wigan boss Owen Coyle all passing through the ranks.
The club has recently taken out a 25-year lease on a plot of land which, with the support of the Football Partnership, will be turned into a new grass pitch, 4g pitch and a community centre. The money donated from Plumb Center will be used to buy 7-a-side goals for all the teams to use.
Michael McCloy, sales advisor at Plumb Center’s Paisley branch, also volunteers as a coach for the under-16s team. He said: “The prices for renting out pitches in the Glasgow area are really expensive, so we want to give the kids somewhere to play football that won’t break the bank.
“We’ve had some big names pass through the ranks and we want to see more. The quality is here and the facilities will help a lot, so we’re very grateful to Plumb Center for their donation.”
Keith Jones, senior director for Plumb and Parts Center, has expressed his delight to help Hillwood Boys Club. He said: “We encourage our branch staff to ask for charitable donations because they have links to their local community, and we want to support them.
“Hopefully at the 2018 World Cup in Russia we’ll see a few Hillwood graduates playing for Scotland.”