Players will not be too worried if they need treatment for any injuries when they take to the pitch for this year’s Casualty Cup in Glasgow.
The emergency department at Larbert’s Forth Valley Royal Hospital is just one of the teams taking part in the charity tournament, which takes place at Toryglen Indoor Arena on Saturday.
The team is looking to take the trophy from 2012 champs Glasgow Royal Infirmary while raising funds for the Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow and the Malawi Emergency Medicine Project, which delivers life-saving medicines and medical support to the Third World country’s impoverished people.
Staff nurse Michael Doherty said: “I feel these are really worthwhile causes and so does our team, which consists of nurses, doctors and consultants from the department. I think we have a fantastic chance of winning this and attending the after-tournament reception at Hampden Park.”
The reason for this confidence is that former professional footballer Kenny Deuchar, a practising doctor, is the top man in a talented team that also features Michael, auxiliary nurse Derek Alexander, staff nurse Charlie McCarthy, consultant Dr Keith Jacques, Dr Michael McLean, staff nurse Gordon Devlin, Dr Daniel Graham, Dr David Heron, Dr Gerard O’Neill and consultant Dr Richard MacCallum.
The NHS charity football challenge has been running for a number of years, helping a wide variety of charities which are chosen by the winning team.
Following the daytime football action, participants will be joined by their families and colleagues to enjoy a meal, live musical entertainment and, of course, the presentation of the 2013 Casualty Cup at Hampden on Saturday night.