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Pic­ture sub­mis­sions

Rutherglen Reformer - - CAMBUSLANG PARK'S FUN DAY - Staff re­porter

Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang MSP James Kelly has urged football fans to join him in sup­port­ing anti-sec­tar­i­an­ism char­ity Nil by Mouth’s cam­paign #Kis­sBig­otryGood­bye.

The latest ini­tia­tive from the or­gan­i­sa­tion en­cour­ages football fans to send in a pic­ture on Twit­ter or Face­book of some­thing that makes them love the game.

Mr Kelly’s sub­mis­sion was a pic­ture of him play­ing in a match be­tween MSPs a few years ago – and he wants other par­lia­men­tar­i­ans to do the same.

The pro­ject is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Nil by Mouth and stu­dents from City of Glas­gow Col­lege who won a com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­ised by the char­ity to de­vise a cam­paign high­light­ing the pos­i­tives of be­ing a football fan in Scot­land.

The MSP said: “This is another great pro­ject from Nil by Mouth, who do great work across Scot­land, par­tic­u­larly here in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang, in work­ing to tackle sec­tar­i­an­ism.

“#Kis­sBig­otryGood­bye shows that football can be used as a mech­a­nism for pos­i­tive change.

“The cam­paign has re­ceived pos­i­tive sup­port on Twit­ter and it cel­e­brates the vast ma­jor­ity of fans who love the sport, di­rect­ing fo­cus away from a tiny num­ber who gen­er­ate neg­a­tive head­lines. My pic­ture is of a cross-party game be­tween MSPs a few years ago. I love how football brings peo­ple to­gether.”

Dave Scott, Nil by Mouth Di­rec­tor, said: “Some­times it’s easy to for­get the joy, and for­get that football isn’t al­ways the prob­lem – it can be part of the so­lu­tion.”

Fans can join in by up­load­ing a snap to Twit­ter or Face­book tagged with #Kis­sBig­otryGood­bye.

On the ball Ruther­glen MSP James Kelly

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