Football has power to unite the globe

Mossend and Holy Family pupils with Andrew Jenkin of Africa on the Ball.
Mossend and Holy Family pupils with Andrew Jenkin of Africa on the Ball.

Pupils from Mossend and Holy Family primaries have come together to show how football can unite people across the globe.

More than 80 P6/7 pupils participated in a special sporting event at the Ravenscraig Sports Centre organised by anti-bigotry campaign Nil by Mouth as part of its ‘Kiss Bigotry Goodbye’ campaign.

The aim of the event was to bring young people from different cultures and traditions together to highlight how we can achieve more by working together rather than excluding others.

The pupils were set a number of challenges which involved teamwork, physical activity, games and sporting competitions.

The pupils were set an extra special ‘arms linking’ challenge which if successfully completed would see them win 10 Fairtrade footballs to send to children in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia.

The balls were donated by fleet media firm Agripa Solutions which earlier this year worked with the charity and the schools on the ‘Bin the Bigotry’ campaign across North Lanarkshire.

Having successfully completed the challenge the pupils handed the balls over to ‘Africa on the Ball’ representative Andrew Jenkin.

He said: “Africa on the Ball is all about opening up opportunities and accessibility for children in deprived communities in Africa to play football.

“Football really can change the world in many ways and following a recent trip to Pakistan to see where the fair trade footballs themselves were made, we’ve committed to only buying fair trade balls as it can make many people’s lives so much better.”