Young people were delighted to get the chance to meet former Rangers and Scotland footballer Andy Goram at Bellshill and Mossend YMCA.
The goalkeeping ace is used to fielding shots from strikers, but this time he was handling questions from enthusiastic youngsters attending the YMCA’s Health and Wellbeing Project.
Stephen Henderson, one of the project managers at the YMCA, arranged last week’s visit. He said: “Andy kindly gave up some of his time to come out and speak to the young people.
“The kids had the chance to ask Andy questions about his football career and life after football.
“He gave a great account of himself and spoke really well and in depth. He also gave some advice about decision-making and the choices the young people will encounter growing up.
“The youngsters reacted really well to this and were engaged throughout.
“Andy spoke about being an alcoholic and how he learned the hard way and took things for granted. But now he has been clean for more than two years and is a lot happier.
“Hopefully Andy is the first of many well known people coming out to speak to the kids in the near future. The kids said it was an awesome experience and they will take a lot of advice from him.”
After his talk Andy posed for photographs and signed autographs for his audience.
The Health and Wellbeing Project runs three times a week, from Monday to Wednesday, 3.30pm to 5pm, for 12 to 18-year-olds and is free of charge.
Bellshill and Mossend YMCA also has a drop-in facility which runs on Monday and Tuesday from 6.45pm to 9pm. This lets young people come together to play Xbox, make use of the IT suite and have topical discussions.
In addition, a ‘health spot’ project runs on Wednesday night with a health nurse present and a therapist there every second week to work with kids on stress management and breathing.
Friday night sees a girls-only gym and a rugby project which changes every 12 weeks. All these services are free and anyone interested should pop in to the YMCA for more information.
The YMCA also offers a fitness gym, a women-only gym and a childcare service which runs after-school care and summer holidays care.