Cathkin man Colin set for home­less event

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Back Page - Will Hen­shaw

A Cathkin man is set to rep­re­sent his coun­try as he trav­els with the Scot­land squad to take part in the Home­less World Cup in Am­s­ter­dam this month.

Colin McGa­hey was ad­mit­ted to the Jeri­cho So­ci­ety treat­ment cen­tre in Greenock al­most a year ago for al­co­hol and drug mis­use.

How­ever fast for­ward nine months and the 28-year-old is get­ting ready to travel with Street Soc­cer Scot­land to rep­re­sent his coun­try.

The Home­less World Cup is an an­nual football tour­na­ment or­gan­ised by the Home­less World Cup or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion puts to­gether an an­nual football tour­na­ment where teams of home­less peo­ple from each coun­try com­pete.

Street Soc­cer Scot­land are an or­gan­i­sa­tion who hold football-re­lated pro­grammes and per­sonal de­vel­op­ment ser­vices to so­cially dis­ad­van­taged adults and young peo­ple.

They con­duct weekly ses­sions at the cen­tre which footy mad Colin al­ways takes part in.

Colin played as a right sided midfielder in his youth with Raith Rovers and his tal­ent was there to see and was promptly called up af­ter tri­als for the world cup.

He said: “If you’d have told me from where I was 10 months ago to where I would be now I would never have be­lieved you. The treat­ment cen­tre have saved my life.

“I’ve never been to Hol­land be­fore, I can’t wait to go to and ex­pe­ri­ence a dif­fer­ent cul­ture.”

Scot­land have been draw in their group for the tour­na­ment with the Philip­pines, Bulgaria Hong Kong and the cur­rent hold­ers Chile. The matches will be played in Am­s­ter­dam Square.

It is a four-a-side com­pe­ti­tion. Each team has three out­field play­ers and a goal­keeper along with four sub­sti­tutes. Games are 14 min­utes long, in two seven-minute halves.

Scot­land’s first game will be on Septem­ber 12 and as Colin re­veals, they couldn’t have asked for a more dif­fi­cult op­po­nent.

He said: “It’s four-a-side so you have to be able to de­fend and at­tack well.

“Our open­ing game is ac­tu­ally against Chile so we couldn’t have asked for a tougher start!”

How­ever this is one World Cup where Scot­land have a very suc­cess­ful record - they’ve won the com­pe­ti­tion in 2007 and 2011 an have been fourth place three times.

Colin added: “I will go over and do my best and hope to do my coun­try proud!”

World cup dream Colin McGa­hey

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