Rangers manager Ally McCoist has given his support to a Calderwood youngster who lives just across the road from where he grew up.
Kobe Barber (14) is in the middle of a fundraising drive to ensure he raises enough cash to send himself to the World Inline Hockey Championships in Las Vegas this summer.
His dream of making it to the States to represent Team GB took a step closer last week when Ibrox boss McCoist teamed up with East Kilbride Community Trust (EKCT) to back his bid with a £250 grant and also offered up raffle prizes for future fundraisers.
McCoist, an EKCT trustee, told the News: “We were encouraged by the fact that Kobe was doing so much himself to raise funds and this was just one of the reasons we wanted to help him make his dream come true.
“His family lives 100 yards from where my mum still stays in Ramsay Hill and they are right next door to my old primary school.
“I used to deliver Sunday papers to the house in Elliot Crescent where Kobe and his family stay, so it’s great to support someone so close to my family home.
“The sporting aims of the community trust are more than just football. It’s individual and team sports right across the board.
“East Kilbride is a hotbed of talent and Kobe is a great lad, so everyone at the Trust is happy to be able to help him.”
East Kilbride Community Trust, chief executive, Monique McAdams, added: “We were so impressed by the effort Kobe and his family were putting in to raise the funds needed, so we are delighted to help Kobe on this epic journey.”
A delighted Kobe said: “I am so grateful to the East Kilbride Community Trust for the grant; it will help so much with the fundraising.
“Meeting Ally was brilliant, he made me feel very welcome and he had some great words of advice.
“He gave me signed pictures of the Rangers team and Monique also provided some signed Rangers items for a raffle.
“The support they have given me is amazing and I’d like to thank Monique, Ally and everyone else involved with the trust — they have all been fantastic.”