Euan bakes to fund foreign trip with Scotland U-12s
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.”
Euan Diatta is baking to raise funds