Defender Ryan’s kind gift of kit
Children in some of the poorest parts of Africa will soon be wearing the black and white hoops of Rutherglen Glencairn.
Glens defender Ryan Docherty and his partner have been collecting old football strips, track suits and training gear to take over to Uganda in September.
A recent trip to several African towns including Kampala, inspired them to help those less fortunate.
The kind- hearted couple, who both have raised money for charity in the past including Ryan’s Ironman triathlon challenge last year, put out a plea for old football strips and were overwhelmed with the response.
And while speaking to committee members at Glencairn, Ryan was delighted to get the club’s support as they donated several strips and training gear from over the years.
The 30-year-old said: “We just decided to go over and help. My partner was over there recently and you could tell it really affected her.
“The strips will go to the kids who don’t have anything and are mad for football. They’ll go to underprivileged community teams in Kampala in September.
“It is amazing to think you’ll see them in the club’s kit so we’ll try to take some photos. Glencairn gave us strips, tracksuits and training kits so it’s great to think you could give a team over there a good start and they’ll have the full lot.”
Ryan is yet undecided on whether he will be making the trip with his partner to Kampala later this year as it will be during the start of the football season.
The defender revealed he is still to talk over his plans with gaffer Willie Harvey.
However, Ryan is still in the process of collecting strips and football boots for the trip and would appreciate any help from the public.
“We just put a shout out online and we were overwhelmed with the response,” he said.
“I’m going to ask the boys at the club at the end of the season for old football boots and collect the ones they aren’t using.”
Ryan raised over £2,500 for charity after swimming, cycling and running more than 124 miles in just one day. He completed the gruelling Ironman triathlon in Mallorca last September in an impressive 14 hours, 32 minutes and 43 seconds.
He has also raised money for the British Heart foundation and homeless charities.
To donate any unwanted football strips, training kits and boots, email Ryan at email@example.com.
Glens in Kampala The club have donated several strips including this one pictured