Euan bakes to fund for­eign trip with Scot­land U-12s

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Mur­ray Spooner

A West­burn young­ster is bak­ing cakes to help fund his trip to An­dorra to rep­re­sent his coun­try in a bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment.

Euan Di­atta, 11, will join up with the Scot­tish De­vel­op­ment Un­der-12 squad at the end of April at the TIM Pirineus com­pe­ti­tion.

The St Charles’ pri­mary seven pupil rep­re­sented Scot­land at the tour­na­ment last year at Un­der-11 and U-12 level with the help of spon­sor­ship from Mitchell En­gi­neer­ing.

But now the Cam­bus­lang young­ster has baked mac­a­roon bars and se­cured some spon­sor­ship through his af­ter­school club, High Fly­ers, who will bake cakes to raise money for Euan’s trip.

He has raised £ 40 al­ready from what he has made in the kitchen and is hop­ing to col­lect more money as the club will hold a bake sale each af­ter­noon this week at Kirkhall Church Hall.

Euan, who also plays for Glas­gow City Bas­ket­ball team and Celtic Boys Foot­ball Club, was hand­picked from a se­lec­tion process.

His proud mum Pamela said: “Euan has been in­volved with the Scot­land squad since he was nine. Each player in the team has to fundraise for their trip so many of the boys choose to do things like bake sales and spon­sored bike rides.

“He was part of a se­lec­tion process that started in Septem­ber last year and went to train­ing camps and ses­sions that were held in dif­fer­ent re­gions.

“He was picked among 22 other boys and this is the se­cond year he will go away to An­dorra. Euan trains twice a week with Glas­gow and then once with Scot­land. He also goes to foot­ball train­ing so he is a very sporty boy.

“He’ll play against the An­dorra team and Span­ish clubs so it will also be a cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence for him.”

Euan, who starts Trin­ity High in Au­gust, has played bas­ket­ball since he was four and has at­tended High Fly­ers af­ter-school club since he was in P1.

Pamela added: “He’s al­ways out in the gar­den at night shoot­ing hoops. We are very pleased with how well he is do­ing and the hard work he is putting in.

“He’s been bak­ing so he’s had to fit that around his train­ing. He can be at prac­tice with the Scot­land squad in places like Ed­in­burgh, Perth, Liv­ingston and Glas­gow so it takes a lot of com­mit­ment.”

Amanda Cram­mond from the High Fly­ers, said: “We are hold­ing a bake sale from Mon­day to Thurs­day this week to help Euan fundraise for his trip to An­dorra. We are happy to help be­cause Euan is a great kid and he’s been with the club for many years.”

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