Lanark United shows sporting spirit for local care homes
May McNee, Resident of McClymont House care home in Lanark
Lanark United Football Club are offering free season tickets for 2019/20 to residents and their carers at local care homes.
The initiative provides an opportunity for elderly inhabitants to attend games at Moor Park, the team’s home ground.
Daniel McHugh, midfielder with the Yowes, came up with the idea which club president, George Reid, firmly backed.
George said: “I have been involved with the club all my life, almost 60 years, and there will be people who have supported Lanark United for longer than me and live in care homes locally but can’t get here.
“The club wants to ensure that these long-term supporters have a chance to get to the games to watch their team.”
Daniel said: “We [Lanark United] strongly believe that we can offer an activity for those that don't have much of an opportunity to be part of the community and to help fight isolation for elderly and vulnerable within the community.
“We believe that this can help them mentally and can build relationships with the club and other supporters to bring together a strong sense of belonging and something to look forward to each week.”
Charles Delany, manager of McClymont House, is appreciative of the action from the club and is delighted that several residents have expressed an interest in attending the games.
He said: “It is a great example of true community spirit within our local community, that older people are being thought of.
“I think it’s wonderful.”
Lynne McLellan, care home manager at Crosslaw House, says that Lanark United initiative is a ‘fantastic idea’.
She said: “We have got three or four of the residents who, until they became physically frail, went to watch Lanark United and they are really quite excited to go again.”
To ensure those keen to take up the offer of complimentary tickets can attend, the issue of inadequate accessibility to toilet facilities has been addressed by Carluke company, Envirosan - providing a disabled toilet, with cleaning and maintenance for the season.
David Cassels, managing director of Envirosan, said: “It is a worthy initiative that Lanark United are putting forward and hopefully there will be a big take up on it.
“We are happy to support this worthwhile project.”
The special season ticket was designed by Rhona Postma, a graphic design student at Napier University, who volunteers her skills to help the Scottish Junior Football Association side.
Rhona explained her design: “I wanted it to be fresh and modern with the colour scheme mimicking similar colours of Lanark United F.C.
“I decided to make the number 19 and 20 a prominent design feature which eludes to the upcoming season and the year it was founded, making the ticket a centenary season ticket which could also become a collector's item.”
The invitation to participate in the ticket scheme has been given to Crosslaw House, Clyde Valley Care Home, Orchard House, Woodhurst Care Centre, Milton Grange Nursing Home and Home Instead.
The club would like to extend its invitation to care homes out with the local area and those interested in acquiring tickets should contact the club at firstname.lastname@example.org.