Past and present Hillwood Boys Club players.

Plumb and Parts Center donates to youth football club

Published:  21 November, 2013

Plumb and Parts Center has donated £750 to Hillwood Boys Club, helping to develop the next generation of Scottish footballers.

The youth set-up from Pollok in Glasgow develops young talent, with big names like Nottingham Forrest’s European Cup winner Kenny Burns, former Scotland captain and manager Alex McLeish, and Wigan boss Owen Coyle all having passed through the ranks.

Michael McCloy works at Plumb Center’s Paisley branch as a sales advisor, and volunteers as a coach for the under-16s team.

“The club helps train kids from under-4s all the way up to under-16s,” said Mr McCloy. “We know the importance of sport for young children and want to help them learn and develop, not just as footballers but as people.

“We’ve recently taken out a 25-year lease on a plot of land which, with the support of the Football Partnership, we’re ambitiously turning into a new grass pitch, 4g pitch and community centre. The prices for renting out pitches in the Glasgow area are really expensive, so we want to give the kids somewhere to play football that won’t break the bank.

“That’s where the money from Plumb Center comes in. I wanted it to benefit the whole club, so we’re going to buy 7-a-side goals for all the teams to use. We’ve had some big names pass through the ranks and we want to see more. The quality is here and the facilities will help a lot, so we’re very grateful to Plumb Center for their donation.”

Keith Jones, senior director for Plumb and Parts Center, commented: “We’re delighted to help Hillwood Boys Club with their development; it’s a great cause. We encourage our branch staff to ask for charitable donations because they have links to their local community, and we want to support them. Hopefully at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, we’ll see a few Hillwood graduates playing for Scotland.”

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