MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Shire on the ball to help charity

East Stirlingshire FC have been making a difference off the pitch as well as on it with their charity endeavours.

The season just passed saw the club affiliated with Parkinsons UK charity and already the Bainsford-based club have announced Motor Neurone Disease Scotland as next term’s official charity partners.

East Stirlingshire chairman Tony Ford and MND Scotland chairman Alastair Baillie

East Stirlingshire chairman Tony Ford and MND Scotland chairman Alastair Baillie

“Football clubs, our own included, are increasingly mindful that what we do isn’t just geared towards what happens at 3 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon,” said chairman Tony Ford at the launch, a view reiterated by club secretary Tadek Kopszywa when The Falkirk Herald met up with him this week.

The new partnership with MND Scotland is a perfect match as Norma Jack, wife of honorary club president Robert Jack, has served as a volunteer and fundraiser for the charity in the Falkirk district for many years.

Shire’s first team players will wear the charity logo on their blue third choice shirts next season in at least six league matches, and the club will also make a donation to the charity for each of the shirts that is sold to the public. Two home matches will also be designated MND awareness days with bucket collections and information events taking place.

Making a Difference is the theme of this year’s Local Newspaper Week, running from May 12-18