Bellshill stages ‘Champions League’ for young players

Some of the players who took part in Mossend FC's football equality Champions League event
Some of the players who took part in Mossend FC's football equality Champions League event

The Champions League came to Bellshill recently as part of a local club’s ongoing campaign to promote equality in football.

Over 60 youngsters took part in two Mini Champions League tournaments staged by Mossend FC at the Sir Matt Busby Complex over two successive Wednesdays.

Players included children from two Mossend FC age groups - 2003s and 2007s - and youngsters of the same age from the Lanarkshire Mosque combined to make up the teams.

The events continued the partnership between Mossend FC and the Lanarkshire Mosque to allow all children from the area to train and play football irrespective of background and religion.

They were also timed to coincide with umbrella organisation Fare Network’s Football People Weeks and builds on Mossend’s previous involvement with Show Racism the Red Card.

Club development secretary Russell Sanderson said: “The events were a huge success with a decent crowd coming to see the Champions League ‘competition’ both nights.

“Each kid that took part received a participation medal a certificate recognising the event and the wider impact of the Fortnight of Action along with a bag from the sponsors.

“The kids loved the interaction with them playing for their favourite Champions League teams but I think the coaches were pleasantly surprised at the high standard of play and the commitment and desire to win the kids had because of this format.

“It was a real rewarding experience for everyone. We would ike to thank our primary sponsors Morrison, Tesco, Well Foundation, Muller-Wiseman and the SFA.”