Rangers boss Ally McCoist paid tribute to big-hearted Lanarkshire businessman Willie Paterson as K Park’s 400-seater grandstand was officially opened on Sunday.
Paterson Quarries Limited donated a whopping £122,500 to the East Kilbride Community Trust for the construction of the stand, which has become hugely popular with visitors to the Academy.
And before he turned out in the charity game to celebrate the opening Rangers’ greatest ever striker Coisty told the News: “K Park and the grandstand sum up what can be brought to a community when you have big-hearted people prepared to put their money behind schemes for the greater good.
“It is a terrific facility and the stand is the icing on the cake and will be a legacy that Willie and everyone at Paterson Quarries can be proud of.
“On behalf of EKCT I would like to thank Willie for his generosity and also the belief he has shown in the Academy and what it strives to do for the youngsters of East Kilbride.”
Mr Paterson was delighted to see the finished stand after pledging his support to EKCT’s vision for K Park.
And he said: “K Park just caught my imagination as having the community at its heart and I loved that. It’s great to see the stand completed and be a part of a place that means so much to those who train and play here.”
Willie’s wife Janice officially opened the stand in front of a packed K-Park before spectators were treated to a thrilling game between EKCT All Stars and Calderwood Blue Star, which ended 8-5 to Calderwood.
Monique McAdams, chief executive of EKCT, added: “On behalf of myself and my trustees I’d like to thank Willie for his kindness and generosity. The stand will make such a difference to the community when they come to watch games at K Park.”
by Paul Thomson, East Kilbride News