August 21 2017

Gretna CEO Stuart Rome, Gretna Joint Managers Andy Aitken & Davie Irons, Cllr Archie Dryburgh

A Dumfries & Galloway Councillor and a Lowland League Football team have teamed up to raise awareness of the work of Nil by Mouth to fans of the ‘Beautiful Game.’

Annandale East and Eskdale Cllr Archie Dryburgh will use his councillors grant for 2017/18 in a deal to sponsor Gretna FC 2008 which will see the club’s players take to the field in strips promoting equalities charity Nil by Mouth and the Healthy Working Lives campaign. The initiative aims to promote the work of both groups to football fans across the region.

Cllr Dryburgh joined Gretna co-managers Davie Irons and Andy Aitken and Club CEO Stuart Rome to unveil the kit prior to last weekend’s home Lowland fixture against Cumbernauld Colts.

Stuart Rome, from Gretna 2008 FC said:
‘Football has the power to do a lot a good in the community and we are more than happy to raise awareness of the work of these charities through this deal. This is the second year Archie Dryburgh has secured support for the club and it’s fantastic to receive such strong backing from our local councillor. With a new management team now in place it’s going to be an exciting few months for everyone connected with the club.’

Nil by Mouth Campaign Director Dave Scott said:

Gretna CEO Stuart Rome and Cllr Dryburgh with NBM Director Dave Scott

‘We are delighted to have such a unique opportunity to promote our charity through this sponsorship deal, which will heighten our profile every time Gretna take to the pitch. We have always been made very welcome by the club and thanks to the support of Archie Dryburgh – who is very much a local champion for the area – we can continue to build this relationship over the rest of the season.  We will be back in Gretna later in the year to run a special event for fans giving them the chance to find out more about our work to make football more inclusive.’

Cllr Archie Dryburgh said:
‘Football is a real passion of mine and I was a volunteer at Annan Athletic for a number of years. I’m very proud of all the local clubs in our region and know that football can be a brilliant vehicle for promoting health and wellbeing.  That’s why I decided to use my grant for this year to help promote both the sport and two causes I feel very passionate about. We hope this initiative will reach fans and encourage them to find out more about the work of both Healthy Working Lives and Nil by Mouth so that it can be a successful season on and off the pitch at Gretna.’