Boys encouraged to pursue their dreams

Marvin Andrews with the Queen's Badge winners
Marvin Andrews with the Queen's Badge winners
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THE Motherwell, Bellshill and District Boys’ Brigade Battalion used their 106th Annual Review to reflect on how sport and the Olympic Games can inspire greater things.

The boys, officers and invited guests at the King’s Church in Motherwell heard from members of the battalion who related tales of their sporting exploits and aspirations, from football to athletics and taekwondo to volleyball.

The night also saw former Rangers defender Marvin Andrews, who holds over 100 caps for Trinidad and Tobago, present 28 President’s Badges, nine Queen’s Badges and six Duke of Edinburgh Silver Awards to boys from 1st Holytown, 2nd/4th Motherwell, 4th Bellshill, 7/16th Motherwell, 13th Motherwell, 15th Motherwell, 19th Motherwell and 20th Motherwell Companies.

Marvin spoke of realising his dream to take Trinidad & Tobago to the World Cup in 2006 and encouraged the boys to pursue their dreams.

Stuart MacDonald, of the 21st Motherwell Company, was also presented with his certificate for completing his King George VI Youth Leadership Training Course.

This two-week residential training course at the Brigade’s Scottish Headquarters in Larbert sees young leaders aged 17-21 learn the necessary skills to be an officer before returning to their companies to put this into practise.

The review also saw 7/16th Motherwell from Motherwell South Church come out as the victors in the coveted Championship Flag competition for a fourth consecutive year having won the restricted drill and squad drill competitions, as well as the swimming gala, athletics and junior football.

2nd/4th Motherwell from Dalziel St Andrew’s Church were runners up in the Championship Flag having won the Bible knowledge and physical challenge.

13th Motherwell won the senior football and first aid competitions, 1st Holytown won the battalion quiz and 20th Motherwell won the swimming cup.

The Junior Secion also participated in battalion-wide competitions with 7/16th continuing their success by picking up the coveted rose bowl with success in Bible knowledge and joint victory in general knowledge with 13th Motherwell, who themselves won indoor football.

Safety and figure marching went to 4th Bellshill and 1st Holytown picked up the Gillespie Trophy for indoor sports.

Battalion president Alan Brown said: “Our annual review provided the perfect opportunity to reflect on how individual talents are nurtured and achievements made possible in the BB.

“As a battalion we are proud to see so many boys continuing to show the motivation to fulfil their ambitions by gaining their President, Duke of Edinburgh and Queen’s Badges and chasing their sporting dreams.”

Full list of recipients, plus more Boys’ Brigade news and pictures in June 20 edition of Times & Speaker.