Rangers boss and long time supporter of the East Kilbride Community Trust, Ally McCoist, will be putting on his boots and running out for a star-studded game to celebrate the official opening of K-Park Training Academy, Calderglen Country Park, East Kilbride on Sunday, September 25th. Ally’s mother Jessie will be cutting the ribbon and cheering on her son, bringing back memories of old.
Kickoff is at 2.30pm and McCoist will be joined by a string of top ex Rangers and Celtic players including Ian Durrant, Alex Rae, Tosh McKinley, Tommy Boyd, John Brown and Jackie McNamara and a host of other celebrities and legends, all of whom are keen to show their support for the work of the EKCT.
Ally says: “Playing in the game that officially opens the K-Park Training Academy means the world to me for so many reasons. K-Park is a dream and a vision my close pals and I have spoken about for years for our hometown of East Kilbride. So to get the boots on when the doors open, magic. To be able to play when my mum Jessie cuts the ribbon then watches me play just like the old days with Calderwood Blue Star. Unbelievable.”
Lifelong friend James Kean describes the vision from which K-Park has grown: “Growing up in the Murray in East Kilbride one thing was always woven into the fabric of my life, tying together my circle of friends. Football. That’s why when we moved on in our lives, be it in construction with myself after playing for the likes of Clyde and Ayr United or in the higher reaches of the game with Ally at Rangers the game’s worth to the town was always in our hearts.
“K Park is the realisation of a thousand conversations about what we need to do to provide this generation of kids with a chance of a healthier lifestyle. I want the kids from all clubs in East Kilbride to be inside the fences of K Park learning about football and fitness not outside them involved in the under-age drinking that blights our society.”
The East Kilbride Community Trust was set up in April 2008 by four local men, who wanted to see their hometown grow as a community. Ally explains: “Growing up in East Kilbride two things were at the centre of life in the McCoist household, football and a sense of community. The values both brought were hammered into me and that’s why I am delighted to be a trustee of the East Kilbride Community Trust. I am proud of my roots in the town and proud that the drive and determination of James and Paul Kean, Liam Donnelly, Monique McAdams, Iain King and everyone at EKCT has seen K-Park rise from what was a weed-ridden disused rugby park.”
The facility hosts a full size 11-a-side FA and UEFA approved 3G pitch, as well as a 7-a-side 3G pitch and SFA approved changing facilities. K-Park Training Academy has become home to several youth and amateur football teams in East Kilbride since it unofficially opened in late May 2011.
Ally concurs: “The surface is second to none, the Academy is a perfect place for young footballers from every club across the community to come and train and play and hone their skills. In these days of X-boxes and every other distraction our kids have it is imperative we have facilities like this to beat our climate and help to produce a new generation of footballers. K-Park is only the start of what we hope to achieve with EKCT but it’s a great beginning now the most important thing is to open it in style – and for me to score a hat-trick for the EKCT Veterans!”
Excited at the prospect of what a kick-about with legends of the game could lead to, James concludes: ”K-Park is the sort of facility I believe is imperative if we are ever to get the game back to the level it should be in this country. “This is just the start of what we can achieve with EKCT to help benefit a town we all love and I have so many ambitions left in life. One of the greatest is that if Coisty is clean through in the game on Sunday he will glance up and pass to his old mucker – but I guess there are dreams in life and then there are MIRACLES.”
In addition to the celebrity match there will be food and drink outlets, along with other entertainment and guests will be able to experience what this great sporting facility has to offer. Prior to the big match there will be several community youth and children’s matches taking place from 10am.
Exclusive guest passes are available but limited and must be booked via the EKCT press office.
For more information please contact EKCT at:
T: 01355 279204
About the East Kilbride Community Trust
The East Kilbride Community Trust was set up in April 2008 by four local men – including Rangers manager Alistair McCoist – who wanted to see their hometown grow as a community. EKCT became a recognised Scottish charity in August 2009 (no. SC040731) and since then has been working in the community to achieve their goals for the people of East Kilbride.
EKCT’s main aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of East Kilbride through the promotion of sport and fitness related activities and the provision of assistance and information in regards to healthy lifestyle matters. It has recently opened our first sports facility, K-Park Training Academy, which hosts a seven-a-side pitch as well as a full size eleven-a-side 3G pitch. K-Park Training Academy has been established for the benefit of local youth football clubs, and aims to be actively and predominantly used for development of young players.
The state of the art sports facility is owned and maintained by East Kilbride Community Trust (registered Scottish charity no. SC040731), a local charity which aims to the health and wellbeing of the people of East Kilbride through the promotion of sport and fitness related activities and the provision of assistance and information in regards to healthy lifestyle matters.