September 26 2018

Fulton faced more than 100 penalties from pupils

Pupils at a Stepps School have teamed up with their local MSP and Nil by Mouth to show that football is a game for everyone.

Primary 6&7 pupils from St Joseph’s Primary took part in a special ‘Beat the MSP’ penalty kick competition organised by Nil by Mouth  which saw Stepps MSP Fulton McGregor bravely face more than 100 penalties as pupils competed for the chance to win tickets to a Scotland international game at Hampden.

The event was part of a special ‘Action on Sectarianism’ week organised by Nil by Mouth across North Lanarkshire. From 10-17th September hundreds of people took part in workshops, presentations, workplace training and sports activities led by Nil by Mouth aimed at promoting positive community relations and highlighting the negative impact of sectarian attitudes on society.

The penalty kick competition showed pupils that football is something which unites people in a  positive way. There was an added bonus as the charity donated Scotland tickets to the girl and boy who scored the most penalties in each class. Nil by Mouth will return to the school later in the year to deliver workshops aimed at helping children better understand differences between faith and cultural groups in Scotland.

Nil By Mouth Director Dave Scott said:
‘We’ve had a fantastic afternoon at St Josephs and seen some really talented young footballers. We should also to give a huge thanks to Fulton for putting himself in the firing line for more than a hundred penalty kicks – not many politicians would be so brave! Our Education team will be back in the school later in the year to deliver workshops to pupils where we will look at ways people can try and use things like football to divide and stereotype people and discuss ways the young people can challenge such outdated attitudes.  This has been one of the busiest weeks on record for our charity with hundreds of people signing up for our workshops and events right across west central Scotland. We want to use this action week to hammer home the message that Scotland is bigger, brighter and bolder than bigotry and this is the generation which will prove that once and for all.’

Fulton McGregor MSP Said:
‘I was delighted to take part in this event and thoroughly enjoyed my goalkeeping ‘skills’ being tested by the young people of Stepps. The work of Nil by Mouth is invaluable in tacking sectarianism in our local communities and events like this go a long way to ensuring that this type of experience is as enjoyable as it is educational for the young people.’