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Scotland boss backs school’s AoS football challenge

Football fans at a Glasgow high school were delighted last month as they were joined by a very special guest for their festive ‘Christmas Keepie-Uppie’ competition

Former Celtic and Queen’s Park defender Malky Mackay joined the Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) for festive charity celebrations at Holyrood Secondary School, and awarded the prizes to the competition winners.

Mr Mackay, who is the caretaker manager of Scotland and performance director of the Scottish Football Association (SFA), presented first prize winner Holly with a signed Celtic jersey, who managed an enviable 49 keepie-ups.

Hot on Holly’s heels was runner-up Sebastian, who did 48 keepie-ups for a signed Queen’s Park strip, while third place pupil Glory was awarded a Dundee United football from Irish defender Sean Dillon’s testimonial earlier in 2017.

It was a fantastic day for all involved, with a number of Christmas stalls set up and run by senior Holyrood pupils.

Special thanks was given to social sciences teacher Marianne Brady, who did lots of hard work behind the scenes organising the day’s events.

“It’s great to see the children all having a good time for such a worthwhile charity,” Mr Mackay said. “Apostleship of the Sea deserve all the help they can get especially at Christmas time.”

School chaplain Fr John Carroll, who was at the event, said: “It’s wonderful for the pupils to see someone like Malky making such a positive difference.”

AoS will return to Holyrood in February of this year, as part of their ‘Link Charity’ status for Fairtrade Fortnight.


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