A high-flying football club formed to bring a community closer together now looks as good as its results on the pitch.
A £1,000 grant has helped Glasgow-based Anderston Victoria FC buy new kit for its table-topping team.
The money was provided by social housing provider Sanctuary Scotland, whose stock includes more than 350 Anderston homes. Sanctuary will complete Phase 3 of a £50 million area regeneration of Anderston next year.
Anderston Victoria FC was formed in 2012 and started playing competitively last year. Led by left back Shaun Agnew, the team currently tops the West of Scotland Amateur Football League Division 1 with 40 points, scoring 85 goals and conceding just 22.
Club chairman Ian Elliott said: “The team has helped bring the Anderston community closer together, which was one of our aims at the outset.
“The Sanctuary grant bought our strips which helps us look the part, plus some balls and a first-aid kit.
“The support we’ve had from local businesses shows the people of Anderston appreciate what we’re doing. The club provides a positive social outlet, encourages us to keep active and will hopefully continue to grow and get stronger.”
The club trains every Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm at Glasgow Gaelic School in Berkeley Street. Ian encourages all players aged 17 and over to go along and try out for the team. The club, which plans to run an under-16 boys team from next season, is currently looking to raise more money for training kit and a website.
Sanctuary’s Grand Ideas Fund offers up to £1,000 to groups needing financial support to deliver activities within their community for local residents.
Eleanor McEwan, Sanctuary’s community benefits manager for Scotland, said: “Anderston Victoria FC is making a significant impact in Anderston and thoroughly deserved our support.
“The club is a great example of local residents going the extra mile to provide something positive in their community.”
Anyone interested in joining Anderston Victoria FC can visit the club’s Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.