Stewart McDonald, MP for Glasgow South, has congratulated Glasgow Gladiators Powerchair Football Club, who received a bumper grant from the National Lottery to give more disabled footballers the chance join to team.
Their grant of £10,000 means the club can now buy their own football powerchair, giving more disabled people the chance to try out the sport.
The MP for Glasgow South, and his constituency staff, helped fund-raise for Glasgow Gladiators Powerchair Football Club during last year's Great Scottish Run, and also paid testament to the work this team makes to inclusive sport in the Southside.
Stewart McDonald MP said:
"I want to praise the hardwork of the team members and support staff who have helped build this inclusive sports team in the Southside.
"The team should be proud that they one of only a handful of groups across the whole of Scotland who were successful in receiving a bumper grant from the Lottery, and the club can now look forward to a fabulous sporting future."
Taking time out from a busy training session Josh Millar, 17, said:
“I’ve been playing for nearly three years now and I love it. I have been a big football fan all my life and now I can play myself it gives me such a sense of freedom as well as fun.
"I had to fundraise really hard to buy my own chair as they are over £5,700 so I would really like to thank National Lottery players for giving more people the chance to play and take part in other sports.”
Kenny Munro, Treasurer, added:
“Having a new football powerchair means we can offer other wheelchair users the chance to come along and try the sport. These chairs are really expensive so it can be difficult for people to just have a go.
"We’re also able now to offer our members the chance to take up the Paralympic sport of Boccia. The grant means we can buy new equipment and pay for hall hire. Both arms of the Club can now run for the next year and this money will make an incredible difference to us.”