November 9 2018
A Dumfries & Galloway Councillor and Lowland League Football team have once again teamed up to promote equality to fans of the ‘Beautiful Game’.
Annandale East and Eskdale Cllr Archie Dryburgh will use his councillors grant for 2018/19 in a deal to sponsor Gretna FC 2008 which will see the club’s players take to the field in strips promoting Nil by Mouth. Each year D&G Cllrs are given £1,500 to support important causes in their wards and this is the third season Archie has personally backed both the club and charity.
The initiative aims to promote the work of the charity to football fans across the region. Nil by Mouth was set up by teenager Cara Henderson following the murder of her school friend Mark Scott in 1996 as he made his way home from a game. The charity works in communities across Scotland and seeks to challenge bigoted and offensive behaviour at matches and encourage wider participation in the sport. Earlier this year it presented £200 to pupils at Springfield Primary School and ran a special joint workshop with pupils from the school and Kirkpatrick Fleming Primary. Earlier this week Cllr Dryburgh visited Raydale Park to unveil the new strip which the club will wear at its away fixtures this season.
Nil by Mouth Campaign Director Dave Scott said:
‘This is a fantastic gesture from both the Councillor and Gretna FC. 2008 Archie Dryburgh has been a great supporter of our work over recent years and has been instrumental in getting us into local schools to promote our message that football is a game for everyone. He places great value in teamwork and plays a real ‘team captains’ role in his area. We have enjoyed a great relationship with Gretna FC 2008 in recent years with the club taking part in a number of UEFA backed campaigns we have been delivering in Scotland and we will visiting the town again during the season to cheer the team on in their new strips.’
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 real force for good. 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 Nil by Mouth so that it can be a successful season on and off the pitch at Gretna. “That’s why I decided to use my grant for this year to help promote both the sport and this cause that I feel very passionate about. We hope this initiative will reach fans and encourage them to find out more about the work of Nil by Mouth so that it can be a successful season on and off the pitch at Gretna. Recently we have seen the nastiness of sectarianism and racism there should be no place for this in our great game.’