The clubs hugely successful West Park Day to celebrate 40 years raised over £1,560 with £780 going to a local charity organisation Glasgow North East Food Bank.
On Saturday 16th May the Club set the challenge to our West Park family to put on their West Park kit and do 20 keepy-ups each, with the aim of reaching the overall Club target of at least 2020 keepy-ups to denote our 40th year.
The Club were overwhelmed with the response, with 180 videos posted to our Facebook account from players, coaches and parents across all our age group teams, both boys and girls. Even West Park old boy, and ex-professional Kevin Harper did his bit for the Club and posted a video!
The target of 2,020 was successfully smashed with a total of 3,600 total keepy-ups recorded!
The Club requested donations to support the participants to raise funds that would be split equally between the Club and a local community charity doing important work during these unprecedented times.
The Club are absolutely delighted to confirm that £1,560 was raised by this event so far, with £780 to be donated to local charity, the Glasgow North East Foodbank.
West Park Club Secretary Andy Burns commented: “Our club has a rich history of providing, developing and supporting opportunities for boys and girls to get involved in their community through sport and unfortunately the current lockdown measures mean we haven’t been able to celebrate our 40th anniversary year as we would have liked. The keepy-up challenge was a small way to bring the Club together in celebration of our big four oh”
“Coronavirus may be severely limiting what we can do just now, but we wanted to use this time productively and pro-actively to ensure the West Park family continue to be connected, support our players to keep active and give back to the communities that we live in.”
“The Club have been humbled by the response to ‘West Park Day’, and it was an amazing experience for everyone across the club to see so many videos being posted showcasing the joy and fun that our Club and football brings to many people in our community.”
“We are humbled by the sum raised and are ecstatic to be able to support the efforts of the Glasgow North East Foodbank with our donation of £780 to support the very important work they are doing during these times.”
“The engagement of the players, coaches and supporters has been superb as always and it has been a welcome tonic during this period of lockdown to see our wider Club family out in their West Park kits and kicking a ball about. It’s difficult to fully describe the joy that is clear to see in many of the video’s that football brings.”
“We have plans for a big celebration at the end of the year when we are able”, added Andy, “but in the meantime we would love to hear from our former players and coaches and build up our archive with any pictures or memorabilia from past competitions and games.”