Ac­cies swing into ac­tion for kids

Golf fun day helps put a smile on lit­tle faces

Hamilton Advertiser - - ALL ABOUT LANARKSHIRE - Leona Greenan

Hamil­ton Ac­cies FC stepped aside from their nor­mal foot­balling du­ties last week and con­verted their Su­per­seal Sta­dium into a tem­po­rary street golf trail.

The club – work­ing in part­ner­ship with M&H Lo­gis­tics, Glas­gow, Pro­fes­sional Golfers As­so­ci­a­tion, Scot­tish Golf and the Golf Foun­da­tion – or­gan­ised the event for 30 lo­cal chil­dren.

And the kids, aged eight to 14, en­joyed var­i­ous fun chal­lenges, in­clud­ing pitch­ing a golf ball into the back of a M&H truck through to sand­pit tar­get.

The group in­cluded Hamil­ton Aca­dem­i­cal youth academy mem­bers and kids from the Blame­less char­ity, which was formed to help chil­dren and fam­i­lies of those suf­fer­ing with ad­dic­tion.

Colin Mcgowan, chief ex­ec­u­tive at Ac­cies and a trustee of Blame­less, said: “We aimed to pro­vide fun times and ul­ti­mately happy mem­o­ries for chil­dren who have been di­rectly or in­di­rectly af­fected by ad­dic­tion or al­co­holism and the M&H Street­golf Fun Day at Ac­cies has cer­tainly de­liv­ered great mem­o­ries and some golf am­bi­tion.”

M&H Lo­gis­tics’ mar­ket­ing and de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor, Anna Ko­zlowska, added: “I’m de­lighted we have all come to­gether to con­nect with the lo­cal com­mu­nity to make this event hap­pen.

“Our busi­ness sup­ports over a dozen char­i­ties ev­ery year through var­i­ous events and do­na­tions, so we are very proud we can in­clude this one on our an­nual sched­ule.

“De­spite the Scot­tish rain, which caught us half an hour into the event, the chil­dren and par­ents had a fan­tas­tic day.” The chil­dren were joined on the day by Ac­cies cap­tain Dougie Im­rie, club mas­cot Hammy the Ham­ster and the Deputy Lord Lieu­tenant of La­nark­shire John Brown.

Wait­ing his turn Ac­cies’cap­tain Dougie Im­rie pa­tiently waits for a shot

Swing­ing into ac­tion The boys take their putt

Cap­tain’s tee off Dougie Im­rie fi­nally gets his shot at golf

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