Celtic FC Foundation supporting Scottish Disability Sport
SCOTTISH Disability Sport and Celtic FC Foundation have formed a unique partnership to increase opportunities for children, athletes and players with a disability in the West of Scotland to access sport.
Celtic has made a donation to SDS of more than £20,000. The funds were raised from the 1888 Charity Shield seven-a-side tournament last year, which was sponsored by Ace Refrigeration. The event will be repeated in 2014 and will be launched soon.
One of the flagship events within this partnership is the running of the fifth Scottish Disability Sport West of Scotland Para-Sport Festival on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
The festival is being held at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility in Motherwell and is open to pupils with a Physical Disability or Visual Impairment from mainstream secondary schools from across the west of Scotland.
Schools from the 13 Local Authorities covering the West of Scotland have been invited to attend this exciting event with over 100 pupils already signed up to participate in the festival, with the support of Teachers and Active Schools Co-ordinators.
The pupils will be given the opportunity to participate in the sports of Badminton, Basketball, Boccia, Athletics, Football, Judo, Tennis, Table Tennis and Rowing and SDS is working in partnership with Tennis Scotland, Basketball Scotland, Scottish Athletics, Table Tennis Scotland, the Scottish Football Association, Badminton Scotland, Scottish Rowing and Pro Judo to ensure that highly experienced and qualified coaches are coaching and leading the sports on the day.
Coaches from Celtic FC and students from the University of the West of Scotland have also volunteered to assist on the day.
One of the aims of the event is to identify talented athletes and players, and direct them towards an appropriate sporting pathway which will allow the pupils to reach their full potential.
Speaking about the partnership, Gavin Macleod, CEO of Scottish Disability Sport, said: “The West of Scotland Parasport Festival has become an important event on the Scottish Disability Sport national calendar and allows us the opportunity to offer young disabled pupils from across the West of Scotland access to quality sporting opportunities across a range of sports.
"Scottish Disability Sport is grateful to Celtic FC Foundation for their vital support of this event and for the wider support they are showing to disability sport in Scotland.”
Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell said: “We are delighted to team up with Scottish Disability Sport on this great initiative which will give so many young people the opportunity to get involved in sport.
“Celtic has a proud record of ensuring opportunity for all in sport and we are sure this partnership will be a great success.”
Celtic Skydive 2014 is fully subscribed
THE response to Celtic FC Foundation’s 2014 Skydive fundraising event has been fantastic.
Launched less than two weeks ago, the event is now fully subscribed with a total of 20 daredevil supporters signed up to jump out of a plane at 10,000 feet and do a tandem ‘Celtic Skydive’.
The event will take place on Saturday, July 5, 2014 (subject to weather) at Skydive St Andrew’s in Glenrothes, Fife.
The net proceeds will support development of Celtic FC Foundation’s work with disabled children in sport, particularly our existing partnership initiative with Scottish Disability Sport, which provides access to sport and physical activity for children and young people with physical, learning and sensory impairments.
Thank you for your ongoing and invaluable support of Celtic FC Foundation.
Celtic FC Foundation is a registered charity in Scotland (number SC024648) with its registered office at Celtic Park, Glasgow, G40 3RE
Celtic Charity Cup 2014
DO you want to prove you’re a champion among Celtic supporters? Then get your kit on for the big kick-off. Sign up now for the Celtic Charity Cup and take part in a fantastic five-a-side football tournament. You’ll also provide invaluable support to the work of Celtic FC Foundation.
This tournament kicked off in 2007, with the previous winners being Phoenix Green (2007), St Thomas Aquinas (2008), Emerald Isle (2009, 2010 and 2012), the A-Team (2011) and PULSE8 (2013, pictured above).
This year’s event takes place on Saturday, September 6, 2014 (KO: 10.30am). Due to overwhelming feedback from previous participants the venue is, once again, Celtic’s prestigious Training Centre at Lennoxtown.
The victorious team will not only be presented with a magnificent trophy, which will be engraved with the team name and displayed at Celtic Park, but they will also be given the opportunity to play on the hallowed turf during the half-time interval at a match at Celtic Park (date TBC).
Look out for 2013 winners, PULSE8, undertaking the 10 second challenge at the SPFL encounter with Ross County on Saturday, March 29.
Entry free is £70 per squad of seven (strictly 18 years of age and over) and places will be offered on a first come, first served basis. The closing date is Friday, August 22, 2014 (places permitting).
There is also a charity fundraising requirement of £40 per player but football cards will be provided for this purpose.
Celtic Charity recently joined forces with the Celtic Foundation and the charity is now known as Celtic FC Foundation. This means our enhanced remit includes direct delivery of social projects in our local communities.
Our priority is to provide assistance to those who face daily challenges within our key priority areas of Health, Equality, Learning and Poverty.
To sign up for the 2014 Celtic Charity Cup, email email@example.com or call 0141 551 4262.